A sloth was rescued on Monday after climbing up an electrical pole in Colombia’s Antioquia province. Workers from Colombian public services company Empresas Publicas de Medellin (EPM) rescued the sloth after getting calls from residents in the rural town of Taraza.
EPM employee Victor Hugo Lopez climbed up on the electric pole and tried to grab the sloth. But the animal got scared and moved further away from Lopez.
The 38-year-old Lopez then tried to reach the sloth with a broom, and after talking to the animal in a soothing voice, the sloth finally grabbed onto the broom.
Lopez carefully brought the sloth down from the electrical cables, and after he was checked for injuries, he was released back into the wild later that day.
Sloths live in tropical rain forests in Central and South America. They have an extremely low metabolic rate and sleep up to 15 to 20 hours a day.
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