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These Orphaned Sloths Are Learning What It's Like To Be Wild Again

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Sam Trull is the co-founder of The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica and since 2013 she has been doing everything to help rescue, rehabilitate and ultimate release sloths back into the wild.

“I think one of my favorite things about sloths is that they mind their own business,” Trull told the Manhattan Book Review. “I realize that the ‘circle of life’ requires all kinds of species of animals, including mischievous monkeys and carnivorous cats, and no offense to those animals that need to eat other animals to survive. But how can I not be drawn to species that just want to eat their leaves, relax in the sunshine and the breeze and have a good scratch?! In addition, they have a very curious and playful side, something most people have never and will never see, but it is definitely the most endearing thing I have ever seen.”

Releasing sloths back into the wild is a tough, slow process.

Sloths who were babies in captivity never learned primary survival skills from their mother. Humans still don't know enough about a sloth's biology, ecology, social construct or instincts to make up for what sloths are missing from their moms. Since sloths are notoriously difficult to observe because they are masters of stealth, we don't know much about what is taught and what is instinctual.

"I think there is a big misconception that because sloths are slow and lazy they are okay with captivity … but that couldn't be further from the truth," Trull told Upworthy.

Continue to the next page to meet Kermie the sloth that changed everything for Trull.

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