Baby Sloth Sanctuary In Costa Rica: The Cute Show

Uploaded by vice on 26.10.2011


CLAIRE TRIMER: Well, name is Claire Trimer, and I'm a baby
sloth wrangler at a sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica.
Well, we probably have about 135 sloths here, under a roof,
that we're caring for.
There's pretty much sloths everywhere
you look around here.

I have several roles here.
One of them is to supervise the babies.
I weigh them every morning.
I keep after the health issues.
You went poo yesterday.

Sometimes their mothers die.
And in that way they're orphaned.
Sometimes if a mother senses that a baby is too weak to
survive, or they actually have some kind of problem that the
mother has sensed, these babies are not strong enough
to cling, and they fall to the ground repeatedly.

A mother sloth is vulnerable every time she
comes to the ground.
And if she thinks that this sloth is not going to survive,
she's not going to keep coming to the ground and risking her
life over and over again.

KRISTA TITCHENER: I love sloths, because it's been my
favorite animal for about 10 years.
But I love their sweet little face.
They don't ever want to hurt anybody.
They just want to be happy and be peaceful.
And I just love their sweet smile.
My day as a volunteer involves a lot of hard work.
You know, your payoff for the day is getting to interact
with the sloths and play with the sloths and maybe even hold
this sloth's babies and take them for walks.
CLAIRE TRIMER: This is Alfy.
He's actually a year old.
We don't know why, but Alfy never gained a lot of weight,
and his fur is still the texture of baby fur.

KRISTA TITCHENER: At 6:00 AM in the morning, we clean out
their cages.
We really get to wake them up, which is a great time for us.
One of our favorites is Delilah, and she will actually
pull the towel back over her head because he doesn't want
to see you in the morning.
She's way too tired.

Sid is our absolute favorite.
My sister and I decided to adopt Sid.
KIM CATALA: Adopting him does not mean that we
can take him home.
We wish we could.
But we know we can't.
So we just signed a little certificate that we were
adopting Sid.
The money goes to the program.
And then we'll write to him and send him letters and
He'll like actually grab you under your arms.
Like he likes to be slow-danced.
Should we dance, Sid?

CLAIRE TRIMER: Occasionally, someone says, how can you tell
them apart?
And I always want to go, how can you not tell them apart?
Yeah, you can tell them apart.
You can tell your children apart, so you can tell the
baby sloths apart.
They're just a huge part of my life.
I'm with them almost every single day.
And they are sort of like my children.