Please, Pretty Pleeeeeeze, Can I hold a Sloth???
The number one question we get in emails is about hugging, holding, cuddling a sloth. Our documentary on Discovery Channels Animal Planet, “Too Cute, Baby Sloths” has got sloth huggers coming out of the wood work. The film portrays sloths as cute and cuddly. Most people are not realizing that sloths, although appear gentle and “tame” are really wild animals. They can bite and clamp onto a person with their enormous claws and vise-like grip. All of the videos of past volunteers and workers at the sanctuary have been trained appropriately to handle the sloths.
We recently had a wonderful family visit the Sloth Sanctuary. They had an adorable little girl who fell in love with Buttercup. She loved all the sloths, but her favorite was Buttercup. Her parents did a wonderful thing for her. They taught her about how wonderful sloths are by coming and visiting our education center. It was a day to remember for everyone! To remember her trip they bought her, her very own “Buttercup”. Here is a picture of Alexia with her very own sloth, a wonderful stuffed animal replica. She is happily hugging her sloth with no harm to her or the sloth! Take the cue from Alexia.
To learn more about why we as humans need to respect the nature of the sloth visit our Tour Page.