Two Toed Sloth

Costa Rica:  I was off for a 4-mile walk in hope of catching a glimpse of a sloth. The trail was in a wooded area along the beach.  There were Christ Lizards, so called because of their halo-like headpiece. There were 3-D spiderwebs in the shape of boxes. A Blue Morpho Butterfly with a 6-inch wingspread startled me when it touched my hand.  There were monkeys of more than one sort swinging high up in the trees. But alas, no sloth.

Before turning back, I went in for a swim. (Does a sloth like to swim?) The water felt smooth and warm. Then on my return, after having left the trail, I headed to the parking lot. What did I see? This sloth hanging out by the nearby dumpster. If it was there at the start, I may have foregone such a wonderful walk.

 “Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” —Harriet Beecher Stowe

Two Toed Sloth

Two Toed Sloth

“Both families have three toes; the ‘two-toed’ sloths, however, have only two fingers.”  –World Animal Foundation

Click here for the World Animal Foundation’s fact sheet on sloths.   Click here for another post on Costa Rica.

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