Happy Birthday To Me!

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For my birthday, Justin and I took the day off from the sanctuary and bused over to Puerto Viejo. We walked around town, got some lunch (and ice cream ^), did some shopping,Image

drank some mojitos,

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and hung out at the beautiful beach :)Image

I got some birthday empanadas and then met up with the group for dinner and a little party back at the sanctuary (It was also two of the volunteer’s last night). It was a very nice 19th birthday :)

 

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More Baby Time Photos

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Baby Cory

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Baby Matty <3

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Tika meeting Sid Wiggy

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Velcro again

 

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Mmmm…

Mmmm...

When in Costa Rica and craving Nutella, Nutkao is a delightful substitute :)

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Baby Play Time :)

Once a day we get to take the bigger babies out for some play time on a wooden play structure that the Sanctuary built, though sometime the sloths just want to be held and cuddle. On this particular day that we took pictures, I had Velcro and Justin had Toby

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Puerto Viejo

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A couple times a week, some of the volunteers will hop on a bus and head to a town called Puerto Viejo. It’s nice to get away from the Sanctuary for a couple of hours and just hangout with the volunteers. The town is beautiful and right on the beach; it’s about an hour away. So far we’ve gone twice, and I know we’re going tonight again. Image

We usually hangout at a bar called the Lazy Mon (say it in a Jamaican accent) ; it’s right next to the beach and they have really good pina coladas… :)

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The picture below is the view from the Lazy Mon. They beach is really pretty and there are lots of shells and coral to take.

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Heyy Baby <3

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The other day we got to meet the baby sloths. There are six baby sloths that are in intensive care under the owner of the Sloth Sanctuary, Judy. They are soo cute. Above is baby Mojo; he’s the youngest sloth here. Image

A lot of the sloths here at the Sanctuary came in as baby’s because they were orphaned. Sometimes the mothers are killed by power lines that they climb on, sometimes Costa Ricans will kill the mother and steal the baby for tourists to take pictures with or keep as a pet. Luckily when they’re brought here they get the attention and care that they need.Image

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Breakfast Time!

ImageEvery morning we get up at 5:30am to get ready and be with the sloths by 6:00am so that we can prepare their breakfast. For the two-toed sloths this comprises of what are known here as barrow leaves and some string beans. We get big containers full of both and we have to sort and clean them before they are ready to be eaten. :) The barrow leaves that we feed the sloths are actually a Chinese plant that are grown here on a local farm. According to Catie the leaves taste like “cucumber-y lettuce”. (The picture above is me feeding my big girl Lilly. She is always excited to eat)

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The three-toed sloths get a different meal prepared for them with some leaves from the cecropia tree and they get some cecropia flowers to much on. (flower seen above) After we are all done feeding the sloths we clean up and typically all go eat breakfast together at our little dining area before we move on to the next task of the day…

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Meet the Sloths

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Meeting the sloths was lots of fun; they’re such interesting animals. At first I thought I wasn’t going to be able to tell any of the sloths apart, seeing as there are about 150 residents at the sanctuary. But each sloth has his or her own little personality. Some are really mellow, as people would  expect, and some are a little crazy. You have your trouble makers, the sweethearts, the lovers, and the chill ones. As I mentioned before, I am mainly taking care of the Bradys, and Justin cares for some of the Two Fingered.

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Arriving at the Sloth Sanctuary!

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Arriving at the Sanctuary was one of the most exciting days of my life. I had been looking forward to coming here and seeing the sloths for awhile. The sanctuary was much bigger than I expected. We got a quick tour and orientation, moved into our room in a house owned by the sanctuary down the street, and went to go meet the other volunteers and help with the 2pm feeding of the sloths :)

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Interbus Ride to the Sloth Sanctuary

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The day after we got to San Jose, Costa Rica, we took a private shuttle called the Interbus to Cahuita. It was about an 4 hour long ride, and I slept through most of it, but we were able to see most of San Jose and the beautiful country side of Costa Rica.Image

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