The most adorable sloth ever stranded on highway goes viral

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The Most Adorable Sloth Ever Stranded On Highway Goes Viral

Images of a stranded sloth have gone viral—pulling in tens of thousands of likes and shares with the speed somewhat uncharacteristic of the slow-moving mammal.

Initially posted to Facebook by the Transport Commission of Ecuador, the pictures show the small sloth clinging to a barrier post in the middle of a highway.

En Los Ríos colaboramos con un hermoso perezoso, que pretendía cruzar el anillo vial de Quevedo

Posted by Comisión de Tránsito del Ecuador on Friday, January 22, 2016

In the images, officials pose with the animal—who doesn't appear to mind the human attention.

In a later update, the Transport Commission announced that the sloth was released back into the wild after being examined by a veterinarian.

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