We Can Barely Handle These Unbelievably Cute Photos Of Rescued Baby Sloths

July 21, 2016

This is Sam Trull, the mother of sloths!

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Sam Trull / Primatologist, Photographer

Trull, a primatologist and photographer, moved to Costa Rica a few years ago to volunteer at a wildlife rehabilitation clinic. She intended on working with monkeys... until she met a sloth.

"I moved to Costa Rica to work with primates. Then I met my first sloth — and the rest is history."

baby sloth rescue pictures
Sam Trull / Primatologist, Photographer

The wildlife refuge, run by Kids Saving the Rainforest, helps nurse many orphaned or abandoned baby sloths, most of which are then released back into the wild.

baby sloth rescue pictures
Sam Trull / Primatologist, Photographer

Along the way, Trull has documented her work with photographs, which appear in her first book, Slothlove.

baby sloth rescue pictures
Sam Trull / Primatologist, Photographer

Although moms aren't supposed to have favorites, Trull admits that "Monster," pictured below, holds an extra-special place in her heart.

baby sloth rescue pictures
Sam Trull / Primatologist, Photographer

Trull told National Geographic:

"[Monster] came in when she was just two weeks old, and she was basically hysterical. She was this tiny ball of fur who was found when crossing the road, and she was crying, crying, crying for her mom. [That first night] I really couldn’t do anything to get her to calm down, I was holding her, I was walking with her, but I couldn’t get her to sit still.

I basically didn’t get any sleep that night, and the next morning, one of the other volunteers came in and asked about the new baby sloth. And I said, "This sloth is a monster!” And that’s how she got her name, which is insane now, because she’s the most adorable, precious, perfect angel soul that could ever exist."

baby sloth rescue pictures
Sam Trull / Primatologist, Photographer

In 2014, Trull helped start the Sloth Institute of Costa Rica, and it's grown enormously since then.

baby sloth rescue pictures
Sam Trull / Primatologist, Photographer

"Our main goal is to help get hand-raised sloths back into the wild, because it’s a really long, tedious process."

baby sloth rescue pictures
Sam Trull / Primatologist, Photographer

While Trull and her staff have bonded closely with the sloths in their care, Trull cautions that they do not make good pets. They are extremely high maintenance, and they have a vicious bite.

(h/t) National Geographic. Follow Sam on Twitter!

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