Caught in Motion

Wildlife Panama

Months ago, while we were birding with a group on the mainland, I “caught” this Two-toed Sloth (Choloepus hoffmanni) walking down a tree in mainland.  It was a nice find, because this hairy creature does not spend much time active during the day.

Two-toed Sloth are nocturnal, but of course that does not mean that if they want to move around or feel like is time for a snack they are not going to do it.  Actually this furry, friendly guy, moved for us and ate in front of us.  He was absolutely not concerned about our presence which made it a great moment to get some pictures.

The reason I chose this picture in particular, is because it shows the way the species moves.  Two-toed Sloths move in a different way, when they are going down the tree, they always go with their head first (head down), where their close relative, the three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus), always goes up and down the tree with its head up.

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