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Besides a glorious array of vegetation, Central America dazzled us with its wildlife.  The first animal we saw a sloth.  I don’t know if it was a two or three toed sloth, but a mama and a baby rested in a tree above our heads.

Sloths sleep 18 hours a day.

Maybe this is a two-toed sloth because they have blonder hair.  They’re highly adapted to tree-top living and can survive falls from as high as 90 feet up.  Here’s the money shot:

Sloths live 15 degrees north and south of the equator.

Beetles and moths live in sloth fur to eat the algae that grows there.  Baby sloths live with their mothers for about a year and she teaches them what is and is not edible.

This kitty loves chocolate and lots of attention!

This kitty momentarily distracted me from watching Phillipe make chocolate.  The tour guide said the cat’s ear is tagged because he is a punk rocker.  I’ll have to take his word for it.

Not so wild boar in Costa Rica

A boar was caged on the Cacao plantation I visited.  I also barely saw a caiman.

Caiman being stealthy in the weeds.

I kept my eyes peeled for toucan in the Panamanian rainforest, but I only saw this guy:

Howler Monkey near Gamboa, Panama.

Howler monkey in the canopy above the Panama Canal

High above the Watershed of the Panama Canal

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7 thoughts on “Central American Critters

  1. You feature two things that hardline gopers hate:Sloth and Kitten (large kitten). That boar looks more like a pet dog. You want to see some javelina, come on down to Texas farm country. We have over 10 million ruining agriculture everywhere. When hunting it is recommended to have a 44 mag pistol in each hand..

    • If you can believe it, Jerry, that photo of the cat is a little bigger than the actual critter. And I’ve seen javelinas in Mexico…south of Nogales I believe. Not cute. I’ll leave the shooting to you. 😀

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