Baby sloth found clutching Ecuadorian highway post in touching rescue

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LOS RIOS, Ecuador – An adorable, helpless-looking baby sloth is going viral after Ecuador Transit Commission officials posted the photos on Facebook.

The tree-dwelling mammal – not known for its swift movements – was trying to cross a busy road and apparently got scared of the whizzing cars.

Used to hanging out high off the ground, the poor little creature grabbed the closest tree-like object it could – the metal post of the highway barrier running around the Quevedo ring road, and held on until Transit Commission officers arrived.

They rescued the young sloth and took it to a local veterinarian to be checked out, where it was given a clean bill of health and released back into the wild.

The Transit Commission posted the following message on their page:

Dear fans, we want to thank you for your concern.  We’d like to let you know that the sloth bear rescued by one of our uniformed officers was checked by a veterinarian who found the animal in good condition to be returned to its habitat.  We’d like to thank all the people who asked about the health of the little animal.  We will keep supporting these types of causes, together with the collaboration of the people.  Greetings to all.