Exotic sloths rescued from Olympia home

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In Olympia, Washington, sloths and other exotic animals were removed from a home on Saturday. An anonymous tip led authorities to the discovery of several South American tree sloths, an Asian monitor lizard and other reptiles and insects.

According to KiroNews7, the owners are licensed as a sloth rescue in Oregon. The species are not allowed to be owned or sold in Washington state without federal and state licenses. Courtney Mcless, spokesperson for the Thurston County Animal Services, stated she was concerned that the owners had been breeding the animals – one did have a baby and another one was pregnant. Tree sloths can be sold for $5,000 to $7,000 each.

The Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center has a sloth sleepover program that allows up to 16 people to visit with the very slow moving creatures. For an admission fee of $600, you can get close and personal with the animals and sleep in a two-person tent for the night.

The animals are now at a private sanctuary as an investigation continues.

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3 replies
  1. Nancy Raymond says:

    Sloth rescue my rear end – these jerks were using these animals as income and should be held responsible for the upkeep and medical attention the animals need – AND never see them again – their license should be revoked permanently.


      Nancy R. I totally agree with you. good grief a lot of folks are so greedy, those poor little sloths.
      have a good day.

  2. susispot says:

    They are con artists, plain and simple. Not buying they are a “rescue”. I would be checking for signs of abuse if they are letting up to 16 people “spend the night” with these PRISONERS. Save them!


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