Sloths in the wild may not be as cuddly as those found in rescue centers, so police exercised some caution in Upala.
Two officers on patrol saw a sloth, called an osa perezosa, trying to cross a heavily traveled road between Upala and Cañas. Some motorists had stopped to help because the sloth is not known for its speed.
The animal does have long, sharp nails. So officer Ricardo Hernández offered a thick branch to the animal, which climbed aboard. So that way the officer carried the critter to the other side of the road.
Sloths are only infrequently are on the ground where they are vulnerable to predators.