Sloth found clinging onto Ecuador highway barrier returned to the wild

A sloth in Ecuador had to be rescued last week after it was found stranded in the middle of a highway. 

The Ecuador Transit Commission shared photos on Facebook of the adorable sloth that apparently became frightened while trying to cross the highway in Quevedo and ended up to clinging to a roadside barrier. 

Police said the sloth was examined by a vet before being released back into the wild. 

The executive director of the Ecuador Transit Commission issued an order after the incident that any animals found on streets and highways must be assisted by authorities. 

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