As we are busy with our daily routine, many things are happening in the world that don’t draw our attention. But Sam Trull decided to take the road not taken and dedicate her life to saving baby sloths.
One day, she had a lightbulb moment when she thought about starting an organization to help rehabilitate these orphaned sloths who left all alone in the wild.
And so she left her home in the states and moved out to Costa Rica in hopes that she will uphold her wishes.
Orphaned baby animals are in serious danger due to the fact that they don’t gain survival skills since they have no role model by their side. They remain helpless and vulnerable, making them easy targets for predators and rough weather.
She became more aware of the ongoing issue after she rescued a baby sloth named Kermie. Kermie had lost his mom and home “thanks” to human encroachment. That was when she realized the importance of rescuing orphaned sloths and rehabilitate them.
She didn’t stop there. Trull went on and published an excellent book about sloths – “Slothlove.”
Trull is fascinated by the magical and peaceful species:
“I think one of my favorite things about sloths is that they mind their own business. I realize that the ‘circle of life’ requires all kinds of species of animals, including mischievous monkeys and carnivorous cats, and no offense to those animals that need to eat other animals to survive.”
“But how can I not be drawn to species that just want to eat their leaves, relax in the sunshine and the breeze and have a good scratch?! In addition, they have a very curious and playful side, something most people have never and will never see, but it is definitely the most endearing thing I have ever seen.”
Here’s Kermie, the adorable sloth who changed her life as she changed his.
The organization practices a “soft” release technique, which enables the sloths to get acclimated to the jungle till they are comfortable and capable of surviving on their own. The staff leaves the enclosure doors open so the youngsters can wander off into the jungle independently, knowing they always have a safe place waiting for them.
Trull went on to say that the main goal is that they’ll spend more time outside the cage and eat more wild foods until they are fully ready to be “wild” animals.
The incredible rescuer admits that she established the sloth institute because she wanted to dedicate her life to raising wild babies and help them get along in their original home, the jungle.
The organization aims to expand its horizons and collaborate with other institutes around the world. Moreover, they hope to raise awareness and educate people about sloths and wildlife in general.
It is no question that sloths and other species need the forest to survive, and nature needs these species in order to function properly. Curious people and even nature-loving people, go to this “untouched” areas in order to see these unique animals, not knowing they endanger them.
She stresses, “All these things affect every wildlife species, but especially sloths, that do not have the ability to jump away from danger or run quickly across the road.”
One of the most heartbreaking parts of human destruction is that they take sloths from their homes and put them to be shown in zoos and other places which harm them mentally and physically.
Please don’t support these kinds of facilities that do such things.
Trull adores sloths! “How can I not be drawn to species that just want to eat their leaves, relax in the sunshine and the breeze and have a good scratch?! In addition, they have a very curious and playful side, something most people have never and will never see.”