This from Lost in E Minor - the cutest collection of sloths in an orphanage In Costa Rica.
There’s an orphanage that’s home to some of the cutest creatures on Earth. No, not human babies, sloths! Since 2013, the Sloth Institute has been rescuing baby sloths who were unable to learn primary survival skills after they lost their mothers.
Sam Trull co-founded the institute shortly after she met an adorable two-week-old sloth named Kermie. She instantly assumed the role of Kermie’s mum, raising him to grow up healthy and strong, before setting him free back into the wild.
To achieve this, the self-declared Mother of Sloths developed a “soft-release method”, wherein the orphans are housed in a cage at the rehabilitation site for a few months. Once they’ve adapted to their environment, the cage is left open and they can go in and out whenever they’d like.
Last year, Trull successfully did a soft release on Kermie and Ellen, another baby at the institute. Both sloths have done well on their own.
Irresistibly cute as these animals may be, Trull warns that sloths are highly sensitive and could easily die from stress. That’s why we should all do our part in their conservation.
“People can help by being responsible tourists,” she said. “When visiting a country with sloths, never pay to take a picture with one, hold one or pet one.”
Trull details more of her unconditional love for these adorable mammals in her 100-page art and photography book, Sloth Love.
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A new food truck began operating in the Seattle-area last year. The Seattle Barkery is a mobile café that specialises in canine cuisine. Owners Ben and Dawn Ford whip up goodies for four-legged customers, from bacon pupcakes to peanut butter pumpkin pretzels to chicken feet and duck necks. The professional dog walkers came up with the idea for a dog food truck when they began baking homemade dog treats in their Shoreline home kitchen.
The nibbles were so popular with pups, including the couple's three rescue dogs, that they decided to do doggie dining full-time. "There were a lot of recalls on dog treats, grocery store brands, especially, and I didn't feel safe not knowing what treats I could use," Dawn said. "I started making my own treats and the dogs started loving them." A stint at the Shoreline Farmers Market led to the idea to take the munchies mobile.
A dog in Rio de Janeiro recently adopted a litter of orphaned opossums and – like the dedicated foster mother she is – gives her babies piggyback rides wherever they go.
The baby marsupials lost their mum to a dog attack, but were found by kind strangers who handed them over to animal trainer Stephanie Maldonado.
Chances of survival for the four joeys were low without their mother’s warm pouch. Fortunately, Stephanie’s dog, Pretinha, stepped in and provided the care they needed.
At first, the opossums fed on milk every two hours, then eventually every three hours. Now that they’re older, they feed on berries. They even practice climbing by piggy-backing on Pretinha.
‘It’s very nice to see all the care that she has with them, licking them all the time and nestling them’, Stephanie said. Stephanie hopes the opossum s will learn to go back to the wild once they get bigger. But until then, they’ll enjoy piggyback rides with their canine mum!
Inigo del Castillo writes in Lost in E Minor -- Here’s something you don’t see every day. In Japan, there’s a penguin who’s trained to wear a backpack and walk alone to the fish market to get her favorite meal.
Lala is a king penguin who was reportedly rescued by a fisherman after she got trapped in a fishing line. The fisherman’s family, in Shibushi City, nursed her back to health and even gave Lala her own air-conditioned room.
Here’s where it gets interesting: story goes that Lala once went to the fish market with her humans and kept wanting to go back (naturally), so her humans trained her to wear a backpack and walk to the fish market daily to fetch dinner.
NEWS FLASH: I’ve never wanted a penguin more than a dog or a cat in my entire life! Find out more about Lala’s story in the video below.