Three-toed Sloth spotted in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru
Our tour of Peru’s Amazon Rainforest took us 3 hours upriver to an isolated jungle lodge along the banks of the Tambopata River. On our first evening, we were guided on an eerie night trek that presented this rare and fascinating animal.
As we manoeuvred through thick and lush vegetation, we noticed movement on the trail ahead. Our guides flashed their bright torches and ran towards the slow moving creature. If you don’t know, sloths are extremely slow and don’t like human attention. In fact, they rarely come down from the tree canopy above and spend most of their days sleeping.
It was rare to see the sloth walking on the ground, something our guides admitted they had not seen on a night trek. This guy was apparently going to the bathroom. Our group spooked him and he “bolted” for tree cover. Although we likely terrified the poor guy, it was an amazing moment. We were very lucky that evening!
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