Photo of the Day: A Slow Climb

Three-toed sloth, Costa Rica

Three-toed sloth by Scott Nielsen. 2011 National Wildlife Photo Contest entry.


Scott Nielsen was photographing butterflies in Costa Rica when he spotted a young three-toed sloth slowly descending from the tree top. Sloths live in the forest canopy, but they have to visit the ground every few days to defecate. Scott only had a macro lens on hand, but he didn’t want to miss this rare opportunity to capture a few photos.
 


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