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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