Today a sloth revolutionized my theories on tree climbing

Manuel Antonio Travel Blog

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White-faced monkey. This one is one of the smaller monkeys in the troop. And the only one who stood still for a non-blurry photo.

Beau and I are back down to a travelling duo.  We've decided to explore other parts of Costa Rica that we missed during the kids 10 day vacation, so now we are in lovely Manuel Antonio on the central Pacific coast.  The town's main attraction is the national park of the same name. 

We went in to the park around 8:30 am, armed with cameras, bathing suits and two pan con ajo rolls that some well prepared Germans shamed us into purchasing for later sustenance (when we saw them in the restaurant where we ate breakfast they were loaded up with a bunch of coca-cola, 4 huge baguettes and fruit for their day in the park).  Anyway, right off the bat we saw a big iguana lounging on a rock and then the most awesome 3-toed sloth ever.

This is a picture of a thing whose name we can't remember. He is busily sniffing out tasty things from the ground.
  He was hanging out in a tree when we spotted him, and as we were watching he began a long trek to the neighboring tree, taking his sweet time (clearly).  His method of climbing along was shocking.  He basically did cartwheels from branch to branch, i.e. he would lean carefully out with the front paw to test the branch, then grasp it and swing his behind out into the open air to grab on with the back paw.  Then he would regain balance with all 4 limbs and do it again.   I think it was particularly striking because it was the slowest process you've ever seen. 

After the sloth we climbed around the trails for a while on our way to the second beach in the park.  Just before we got there a troop of white-faced monkeys arrived to hang out.  They were a little bit interested to see if we had any food, and kind enough to pose for a few pictures while they jumped around the trees and ran in front of us on the path.   I will be posting the pictures as soon as I find a connection that will allow more than 1 photo per 29 minutes of loading time.

 

rmwick says:
Kin you're back! I had given up hope for new entries after your prolonged absence. Costa Rica looks lovely. I'm currently enjoying the view from my office - ahhh it's as if I could reach out and touch that adjacent office building! Truly stunning.
Posted on: Aug 07, 2006
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