Locals from Sarapiquí, Costa Rica, in Latin America, heard the terrified screams from an animal in pain, which prompted them to call for help immediately. They found a harmless sloth that appeared to have been attacked by dogs.
Her flesh had been shredded and most of the fur on one of her arms had been ripped off. The female sloth was suffering from shock and pain. After a challenging rescue, employees of the Toucan Rescue Ranch moved the distressed sloth to the city of Heredia. She was taken to the rehabilitation center and named Tina.
X-rays revealed that the fractures in her arm were on the radius and ulna bones. A specialized orthopedic surgeon had to be called in, not just to reconstruct her arm, but to ensure that Tina would be able to recover completely and use it to survive in the wild. Tina’s arm needed steel pins and she was put on a course of antibiotics immediately.
The pins in Tina’s arm were removed on Feb. 23, 2017, but Tina needed to be rehabilitated properly before being released back into the wild.
They started by helping her walk on the ground and gradually encouraging her to climb higher and higher up trees. They also made sure that she was able to source food. Her resilience increased with time.
Sloths are found in the tropical rainforests of Central and South America; however, some species of sloth are on the endangered list.
The sloth population is at risk because of human interference, intentional and unintentional, such as accidents on roads, illegal pet trade, electrocution by security fences, and deforestation. With the tracking collar, the employees and volunteers will know if Tina pops in for a visit in the future.
The poor sloth in the video was brutally attacked by a dog—watch what happens after she was rushed to the vet for reconstructive surgery.
Video Credit: Barcroft Animals.