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Lost sloth causes traffic jam in Ecuador

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Photos of sloth trying to cross the road go viral

The Transit Commission of Ecuador checks the sloth out and returns it to its habitat

CNN —  

One little sloth in Ecuador quickly became a phenomenon around the world.

Thanks to social media, photos of a sloth clinging to a pole in the province of Los Rios, Ecuador, captured hearts with well over 800,000 likes and hundreds of shares of just one Facebook post (by CNN affiliate KTLA) about the sloth alone.

Sloth rescue by Ecuadorian transit authorities
Comision de Transito del Ecuador
Sloth rescue by Ecuadorian transit authorities

It was on Facebook that the Transit Commission of Ecuador first drew attention to the sloth, on Friday.

In the photos, the sloth – the world’s slowest creature – appears to be trying to cross the road. An officer with the Transit Commission rescued it.

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Never fear, though: In an update, the commission commented that the sloth got checked out by a veterinarian after being rescued. They “determined that it was in optimal conditions to return to its habitat” (rough translation to English).

This also adds to the recent pop cultural boost for sloths, who were featured in a popular trailer for the upcoming Disney film “Zootopia.”