As we promised here it is the stories of one of our knew pensionary.
Chispa is a young two-fingered female sloth who’s now with us since almost 5 months. She have been found in our land, far from the installations, when one of the workers was looking for thermites for Silvia, our thermite-eaters. She was weighting only 400g, and has infected injuries because of shrapnel (who fortunately didn’t stays under his skin). Also, we could saw on the radios that people was feeding her with rice and fish. Needless to say that’s nothing to see with his right diet… A two-fingered sloth can eat leaves (shimbillo etc…), some fruits (papaya, mango etc…) and roots (manioc, carrots etc…), and a baby sloth of course, only milk, and the only one it can support it’s goat milk. If you already have been in Iquitos, you probably noticed that goat milk is not the easiest thing to find… so we needed to provide us from Lima which is actually imported from United States.
Sloth are fragile animals. Too much stress can be fatal for them, find the right treatment is difficult because of the side effects and because of their slow metabolism and their four stomachs. For example in case of diarrhea, it takes one week to see if it’s work and mostly we don’t have this time.
Usually a baby sloth almost never survive under 1kg, but our little Chispa is a survivor and she’s now really well! After few month recovering she’s a young and healthy two fingered sloth who begin to move by his own and with a big appetite!