When Dirk Morgan noticed a small animal stranded between the rocks of a Costa Rican beach after a storm, he did everything he could to save the creature and bring him back to health. This is the story of the Morgans and their saved baby sloth, Guanabana.
Dirk and Lori Morgan are in love with nature and have spent their lives sharing their passion for the natural world with other people. On the beautiful Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, the Morgans set up a visitor lodge, so that other people could experience the beautiful place outside of touristic realms.
One night, a storm really rocked the peninsula, and while the lodge visitors were kept safe and unharmed, not everyone in the area was so lucky. This small animal had been clinging to the rocks all night, trying to avoid being taken away by the waves.
Dirk ran to save the animal, not knowing whether the soaked creature would survive! When he got closer, he wasn’t too sure what kind of animal he was looking at amidst the sandy, knotted hair and its long reaching arms.
Dirk wrapped the poor animal in a towel and placed him into a dry box. His pink nose was raw and sore after having been pelted with sand and sea for the whole night. The creature was understandably scared, unsure whether Dirk was a predator, while Dirk was struggling to find out just what the creature was. That’s when he and Lori turned to the internet.
They found out that the creature was actually a young sloth. These animals are known for their laziness, their long limbs and claws, and their slow movements. Sloths sleep in trees for up to 18 hours a day. When at ground level, sloths are in real danger of predator attacks, so it’s very lucky that Dirk found this sloth when he did!
The couple named the lucky sloth Guanabana and took him back to the lodge to get him cleaned up.
Unfortunately, just a week after this, a fire took over the Morgans’ lodge and completely destroyed it. Luckily, just when the couple was wondering where they would sleep that night, the internet remembered their good deed in saving the sloth and a fund was set up to help them recover and continue their good work in educating travelers about the natural world.
Watch the video of Guanabana’s rescue mission below:
Posted by Morgan's Jungle Lodge on Monday, January 15, 2018