Slow Paced Sloth Rescue [Video]

This is the heart-warming moment a 'scared, wet and hungry' sloth was rescued from a river and carried to safety. Inch by inch, in characteristic sluggishness, the mammal wrapped its long claws around a branch being held by a group of resort workers at Junglewood Falls in Panama.

Once the animal had a firm grip on the stick, it hung on as the wardens lifted it back to the safety of the trees. 

The excruciatingly slow rescue mission was filmed by one of the group and captures the sloth's gradual attempts to haul itself up from the Mamoní River.