Saturday, November 15, 2008

Panamanian road kill--averted

There has been a lot of road-kill on the Gamboa road this fall.  I don't know if it is related to the time of year, or the general lack of food in the forest at this moment, but lots of animals seem compelled to travel, crossing roads and often getting hit by cars. Somehow, when it is an "exotic" animal like a monkey or an ant-eater, this seems even more tragic.  The sloths are particularly heart breaking, as the slowly, deliberately try drag themselves across the wide strips of pavement.   

It made me happy, therefore, to be able to save at least one.  We came across this sloth on a drive back from the beach at Galeta on the Caribbean coast.  

After a few photos, we looked both ways and gave it a lift to a tree on the other side of the road.

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