When transit police in Eduador got a call about a strange animal on the highway, they set out with a truck on a rescue mission.
When they arrived, they discovered that the brown blob stuck between two lanes of traffic was—a sloth.
Sloths are the slowest mammals on the planet, and they had no idea how this little guy made his way onto the road.
But regardless of how he got there, he was stuck and had no way of moving off the road without getting running head-on into traffic.
He appeared to be quite grateful to the officers that showed up, so they decided the snap a photo with the rainforest creature.
Sloths move very slowly—only about 10 feet per minute—and so some speculated the sloth must have tried to cross the road before morning traffic began, and then found himself stuck halfway once the cars started showing up.
These animals usually spend 15–18 hours a day sleeping, and live the vast majority of their lives up in trees, only coming down to the ground to relieve themselves, and always in the same place because moving can be risky.
The photos of this sloth were quickly shared around the world, and many inquired about his well being. The Transit Commission said they were grateful to everyone who was concerned about the sloth, and that a veterinarian found the sloth to be healthy and ready to return to its habitat.
Not long after the rescue, the transit police took to Facebook again to show a photo of the sloth after it was released back into its rainforest home.