A sloth found stranded and soaking wet on an Ecuadorean highway median became something of an internet darling after photos were posted to Facebook last Friday.
Stuck in the middle
Carlos Lotufo, a spokesman for the Comision de Transito del Ecuador, said in an email to CBC News that the sloth was found "struggling to cross" a new highway just outside Quevedo City by officers Bustamante and Aguayo, who were on a routine patrol.
This fella's going straight to the vet
Lotufo identified the animal as a sloth bear and said the patrolmen who found it immediately took it a veterinarian who proclaimed it to be in good health. It was then returned to its habitat, Lotufo said.
The sloth is back home in the forest
Lotufo said the highway encounter was "very rare." He also said the officers told him later that the sloth was "pretty calm" and appeared happy when they took him back to the forest.