A Sloth Named BooBoo – A sad story

BooBoo the Sloth

Visiting the Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica was one of the highlights from my travels in 2012. I got to hang out with these cute adorable creatures, film them, photograph them, and learn a whole lot about them. In most of my videos that you have seen so far they have all been really cute, healthy and funny. However sadly not all of the Sloths at the sanctuary are that content.

Often the sloths that come in to the sanctuary are abandoned baby sloths with out any mothers to take care of them, and from time to time they also receive injured sloths and sloths that are unhealthy and some even that are born with birth defects. Sadly, even though they try, not all sloths that are brought in survive. Here is the story of one little guy that I met at the Sloth Sanctuary.

 

A lot of the injured Sloths that come into the sanctuary are injured, from either falling out of trees, being hit by cars, getting burned by power lines, hurt by dogs and humans and sadly like BooBoo also from being in contact with a lot of chemicals used in the banana plantations.

There is still not much known about the Sloth and the Sanctuary does research to help learn more about them, to help them in their studies you can donate on their website SlothSanctuary.com

Also remember that these guys aren’t meant to be pets. They should stay in the wild and be left alone.

5 Comments

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    Andrea
    April 13, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Aw, I love sloths… they’re so strange and homely, yet so cute at the same time! They’re always the highlight for me when I visit the Vancouver Aquarium (they have two in the Amazon Rainforest area.)

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      Andrea
      April 13, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      I forgot to watch the video (just read the post first…) and oh my god I’m practically crying now! What a sad, sad story. I over that he was at least cared for by those lovely people and nurtured before he died. She was so tender with him.

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    Bethany
    April 1, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Oh no, that is so sad… Poor little BooBoo – Hopefully he is off in another world climbing trees and having fun. :) I agree – Baby BooBoo is another good reason to buy organic.

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    Red Hunt
    March 26, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Noooo, poor sloth!
    The world will not be right again until each and every sloth is a happy sloth….seriously though, I had no idea about the chemical/pesticide sloth issue either.

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    Cassie
    March 14, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    This is so sad! Did they say how his mother came into contact with the pesticides? Do banana plantations do aerial spraying, or is applied to the ground/in the water? Are banana workers affected?

    This is a good reason to look for organic bananas!

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