Nice man helps a sloth cross the road

It’s the end-of-the-week heartwarmer, in which a nice Brazilian man helps a sloth cross the road. I hope it didn’t try to go back!  I can’t imagine a creature more ill-suited to cross roads than a slot.

The YouTube notes:

“Occurred on May 7, 2019 / Rio de Janeiro, Brazil “Everything happened on the Rio Santos highway. We were going to the center of town when we were faced with two cars stopped, motioning to go slow. A sloth was starting to cross the road.”


  1. Barry Lyons
    Posted June 14, 2019 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Nice gesture. For a second there it looked like the sloth was turning to say goodbye. But what a strange creature! It looks literally unreal and more animatronic than anything else.

  2. Posted June 14, 2019 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Shared on fb

  3. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted June 14, 2019 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    How is “sloth” supposed to be pronounced?

    I heard “slow-th” the other day … might have been a British speaker.

    • merilee
      Posted June 14, 2019 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

      I think Brits do say slowth (David Attenborough et al)

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted June 14, 2019 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

        For me, it’s a long-O for the animal and a short-O for the character flaw. YMMV, but there’s probably utility to distinguishing the two pronunciations even though they started as the same word.
        Just think of it as getting back at Bloody AutoIncorrect for every time it decided to make you look a fool.

    • BJ
      Posted June 14, 2019 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

      We pronounce it “slawth” in the States.

  4. Michael Waterhouse
    Posted June 14, 2019 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    The sloth did look like it looked around to say thanks wave and goodbye.

  5. merilee
    Posted June 14, 2019 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if sloths are “scruffable”, although this guy didn’t (bother to) struggle at all.

  6. Posted June 14, 2019 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Why did the sloth try to cross the road? To show the possum that it can be done.

    • Mark R.
      Posted June 14, 2019 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

      What is it with possums as ubiquitous roadkill? I imagine it’s that they’re nocturnal and get mesmerized by headlights. How many critters do cars kill a year? Probably more than hunters.

      • Posted June 14, 2019 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

        Yes, the slaughter of animals on roadways sickens me, including the possums which are the butt of the jokes. I think you are right about possums being nocturnal as the explanation.

  7. rickflick
    Posted June 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    What a sweet grin. I’d give way more than a penny for her thoughts.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted June 14, 2019 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

      €0.02 worth :
      “A Bradypus, or Sloth, am I
      I live a life of ease
      Contented not to do or die
      But idle as I please

      I have three toes on either foot, Or half a doz. on both
      With leaves and fruits, and shoots to eat
      How sweet to be a Sloth”
      [Whistful whistle, probably one of the few recordings of a Swann whistling.]

      • rickflick
        Posted June 14, 2019 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

        Very nice. I don’t know those two fellows well, being I’m Mercan and all. I’m sure there are many recordings (hopefully translated from English to Mercan (or at least with subtitles (as this one is))). Thanks for the link.

        • merilee
          Posted June 14, 2019 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

          My favorite Flanders and Swann, by far:

          (His inamorata adjusted her garter…They don’t make rhymes like that any more. Or the hippopotamus was no ignoramus…)

          • rickflick
            Posted June 14, 2019 at 7:15 pm | Permalink



            • Frank Bath
              Posted June 14, 2019 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

              Even better, far better, if you hear Flanders and Swann perform it. YouTube provides.

              • merilee
                Posted June 14, 2019 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

                I hadn’t noticed that I hadn’t posted the original ine the first time…

              • merilee
                Posted June 14, 2019 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

                And a gnother one..

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted June 16, 2019 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

          They had a substantial body of work from the late 40s to the late 60s, but a lot of it was as songwriters and sketch writers for other presenters of “review” shows. They did several very successful series of shows for about a decade (“We’ve got so much stuff already written that we could put on our own show at the drop of a hat!” So they did. Then another hat and a number of other things.) But most of it is very much of it’s time and probably doesn’t translate too well.
          I remember siting in the garden one day with Dad, listening to the radio when Flanders’ obituary program came on the radio and I was rolling on the lawn, helpless with mirth. A few weeks later, Dad turned up with a collection of F&S records, which may well have been the only records he brought in his life. Certainly in my knowledge.
          Points for spotting the F&S-ism above.

          • rickflick
            Posted June 16, 2019 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

            I was, of course, being facetious. They would not “translate” very well at all. To appreciate them you have to have a hard listen. The speed of delivery and some of the references make that a challenge. But, I like them.

            • gravelinspector-Aidan
              Posted June 16, 2019 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

              They did actually tour in America, and made a good deal of money. Also in Australia (“if you don’t like sugar, don’t stir it!”) over a period of two dreadful^H^H^H^H^H^H^H delightful years.
              As a wheelchair user (polio on war service, Egypt, IIRC), Flanders had a few pops about the provision for wheelchair users (“The Gnu Song” ; fork lift trucks) which were probably pretty pioneering.

  8. Laurance
    Posted June 14, 2019 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Twice I’ve rescued snapping turtles from a roadway. I held them by the tail as far away from my body as I could. I understand they can bite like all hell and do real damage to someone who only wants to save them from being hit by a car.

    And on Monday evening I spotted a snapping turtle walking along the road. But I didn’t stop because I didn’t know where water was and where to take the turtle. I sure hope nobody ran the poor turtle over.

    • merilee
      Posted June 14, 2019 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

      I stupidly once tried to pet a snapping turtle while out walking with my then younger kids. Got bitten. Got tetanus shot…

    • Katey
      Posted June 17, 2019 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

      Snapper females lay their eggs sometimes pretty far from a water source, and it’s prime nesting time right now (I’ve seen too many turtles and their unlaid clutches destroyed by vehicles lately, and it’s so sad.) When helping a turtle cross a road, always make sure to take it in the direction it was headed (or else they’ll just start over). Thank you for helping turtles!

  9. BJ
    Posted June 14, 2019 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Very nice!

    The only answer I can think of for a “why did the sloth cross the road” joke is “because he wanted to commit suicide.” Crossing the road is just about the worst idea a sloth could have.

  10. W.Benson
    Posted June 14, 2019 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    The Rio-Santos Highway, part of highway BR-101, is a 2-lane blacktop that connects Rio de Janeiro to the city of Santos (in the State of São Paulo) about 300 miles to the west. I drove it about a year ago. It follows a little south of the Tropic of Capricorn. The winding road is squeezed between the Coastal Range (Serra do Mar, a National Park)and the Atlantic Ocean, and passes by a seemingly unending series of small beaches, villages, lookouts and hiking trails. Lodgings and campsites are plentiful. Rainfall is intense and may exceed 100″ annually. Bird life is especially rich: as many as 20 species of hummers exist in some spots. And, as the video shows, the people are nice.

  11. grasshopper
    Posted June 14, 2019 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    Put a sloth in a lab coat and I think it would be the perfect curator for the pitch drop experiment. The sloth wouldn’t want to blink, though.

  12. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted June 14, 2019 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    Those climbing claws look like they could do serious damage. Like, say, an anteater’s. If, that is, the sloth could ever move them at more than three inches per second.

    It seems to be physically incapable of moving at ‘normal’ speed. There must be something very peculiar about its physiology that limits it to such slow movements.


  13. Evan Plommer
    Posted June 14, 2019 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    Wha, what what? Huh? Oh.

  14. Posted June 14, 2019 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    No sloth left behind. Three toes and a life of inroads.

    • merilee
      Posted June 14, 2019 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

      Imagine if they got ingrown toenails🙀

  15. Katey
    Posted June 17, 2019 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    I love that the man waved to the sloth at the end.

    I often say I want to go to Central or South America and volunteer as a sloth crossing guard. People think I’m joking. I am not.

    • merilee
      Posted June 17, 2019 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

      And the sloth seemed to wave back😀 I saw a tv show recently, probably Nature, in which some young women were working in some kind of sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica, I believe.

      • Katey
        Posted June 21, 2019 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

        Yes, I do think I’ve seen a Nature episode or two about sloths. Love those creatures.

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