Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Meet The Sloths : Photo Diary

I don't really think this post needs much of an introduction...

...But for those at the back, or anybody new - *waves*,  at the end of May I went on a trip of lifetime to the Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica. I spent two weeks volunteering; feeding, cleaning & being sniffed at by the wonderful creature known as the sloth. They all had their own little personalities and fourteen days was a perfect amount of time to get to know them. It was love at first, short sighted, glance.

The Sloth Sanctuary was based in a small, sleepy town called Cahuita. Following a 20 minute bumpy bus ride you would find yourself in its centre. Reggae music filled the air, the food was cheap yet delicious with a mix of Caribbean/Hispanic menu's; it was easy to find something for everyone. The beach was peaceful and adjacent was a National Park trail which was home to some naughty monkeys, wild sloths and some impressive looking army ants! Every which way you turned there was something traditional and unique to admire. Being such a small place it is fairly untouched by tourism, so I would 100% recommend visiting if you're ever in that area!

And here are some of the images I captured while out there!

(My favourite sloth was Melaza! See below)...
And there you have them... In all their snout-y glory. 

Honestly, sloths will always be my favourite animal. Theres a lot to learn from a species that has a permanent 'smile' on its face and a very relaxed approach to life. They're a lot quicker and a lot smarter than their docile faces will have you think, too!
Looking back over all of these photos, my favourite memory would be when Melaza, the sloth, decided to stop me for a wash while I was in her enclosure. It started on my hand, then my arm and then my face. What can I say? I must taste nice to sloths!

I couldn't love them anymore if I tried! I still can't quite believe it all really happened, but I feel like the luckiest person on the planet for it. 

I hope you enjoyed the photos!
xo

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  1. Oh Melaza is a cute little sloth girl!:) I love your pic's from her!:)

    Bye,
    NIKA B.

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    1. She was lovely! Very affectionate :) which is strange for a sloth! xx

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  2. Aw they are so cute! You got some lovely pictures

    Teresa | Little Bits Of Sunshine

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    1. Thank you! :) it's hard not to love those snouts! xx

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  3. Their little smiles actually melt my heart, so cute! It looks like such a beautiful place too - so jealous that you've been and now I want to go! xx

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    1. They are very sweet :) the ones that look like they have little masks on (bradypus) actually came towards you, slowly, for a cuddle from the 'human tree' haha - you have to have someone nearby to help, because they're pretty hard to get off!

      I would love to go back, you should definitely go! Xx

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  5. This sounds like such a beautiful place, I want to go now too and of course, if it couldn't get any better... it has sloths! What cute little animals they are! So jealous of your trip :)

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    1. Thank you, it really is, I would whole heartedly recommend going, there's just animals EVERYWHERE! Haha. Xx

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  6. Cuteness overload!
    Also, someone on Twitter said we can have sloths as pets... Just sayin' x

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    1. Haha :) I probably wouldn't recommend it, especially somewhere as cold as the UK! As much as I'd love it, I don't think it would be legal :) xx

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  7. This sounds like such an amazing experience! I love sloths and I love your pictures x

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  8. OMG I can't get enough of these photos!
    http://golddustk.blogspot.co.uk/
    x

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  9. Okay, I literally squealed at all of these pictures ! I love sloths and have always wanted to visit the Sloth Sanctuary ! It seems like it was an amazing experience. And your photos are spectacular ! I have now followed you on bloglovin ! xoxo

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

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