Scared sloth rescued from busy Ecuador highway

Posted at 2:23 PM, Jan 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-25 19:23:20-05

A group of transit officers in Ecuador ran into an unexpected visitor while driving down a highway in Los Rios last week.

A "beautiful" sloth was trying to cross a road, clinging on to a traffic median for safety, the Transit Authority of Ecuador wrote in a Facebook post on Friday.

"We want to let you know the sloth was rescued and taken by our officers to a doctor, who said the sloth was in good conditions to be returned to its habitat," the Transit Authority wrote in a comment on the Facebook post.

En Los Ríos colaboramos con un hermoso perezoso, que pretendía cruzar el anillo vial de Quevedo

Posted by Comisión de Tránsito del Ecuador on Friday, January 22, 2016

The government agency said it would continue to help any animals found in similar situations in the future.