Adorable smiling sloth gets lost and accidentally ends up on motorway

This is the heart-melting moment transport police stumbled upon an adorable sloth who got a little lost near a busy motorway.

A lost sloth on the side of a road in the Los Rios provide in Quevedo. Ecuador

A lost sloth on the side of a road in the Los Rios province in Quevedo. Ecuador

Although it is definitely no place for a little sloth to be, the creature looked very pleased with his surroundings.

The incident happened on Friday (22 January) in the Los Rios provide in Quevedo, Ecuador.

Officers immediately helped remove the sloth from the crash barrier it was clinging onto. After some struggle, the smiling sloth was unattached and taken to a vet.

A lost sloth on the side of a road in the Los Rios provide in Quevedo. Ecuador

A lost sloth on the side of a road in the Los Rios provide in Quevedo. Ecuador

After the all clear, the little fella was returned to his natural habitat.

Carlos Lutofu, who works for the Transit Commission, said: “One of our patrols noticed this cute sloth struggling to cross the new highway and immediately stopped the car and check on the little fellow

“Is very rare to find this animals outside their habitat. Officers immediately took the sloth, or as we call it here “oso perezoso” that means “lazy bear”, to a veterinarian.

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“In the pictures your can see the sloth all wet because now we are in winter season. Here Winters are extremely rainy and that´s why the sloth was all wet.

“The officers told us later the sloth was pretty calm when they took him back to the forest, it seemed happy.”