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These Cuddly Orphaned Sloths Will Melt Your Heart

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This fall, Toucan Rescue Ranch in Costa Rica welcomed three orphaned baby sloths to their sanctuary. While these tiny critters are being prepared for eventual release back into the wild, they manage to get up to all kinds of adorable, snuggly shenanigans, such as:

Pensively "nomming" their fingers.

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Latte, a baby two-toed sloth, just finished her lunch, and she looks like she might be contemplating the mysteries of the universe. Or possibly thinking an afternoon massage would be nice, for those hard-to-reach places.

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Learning to see the world upside down.

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Britt is a two-toed sloth infant who would have washed down a Costa Rican river during heavy rains if some kind humans hadn't rescued him from a riverbank. They got in touch with the local wildlife department, who brought him to Toucan Rescue Ranch. Britt is the tiniest baby sloth they've ever hosted, weighing only 330 grams when he first arrived, according to his caretaker. Here, he's gained a bit of weight and energy after one week at the sanctuary, and is already working on getting used to the signature upside-down sloth perspective.

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Figuring out how to scratch their own back.

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Britt takes care of an inconvenient itch with the help of his own tiny toes.

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Inviting a tiny sloth pal over for a snuggle.

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Latte is extra-interested in cuddling up to Britt - but he's more interested in sleep instead.

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Competing for cutest yawn ever.

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Seriously, how cute are they?

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Snuggling with lots of blankets.

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Rescued baby sloths can never have too many blankets. In the wild, two-toed sloths are accustomed to being carried around, all snuggled up to their mom's thick warm coat for at least the first six to nine months of their lives. Remember: The best thing you can do for abandoned wild critters (after making sure they're really orphans) is to keep them warm and cozy, and then call your local experts. Toucan Rescue Ranch's experienced caretakers swaddle these sloths in blankets and also provide them with stuffed animals for comfort and warmth.

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Snuggling with lots of stuffed animals.

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Mocha was brought to Toucan Rescue Ranch after his mom was killed by humans in early November, and he was injured in the process. But as of a few weeks ago, Mocha is doing much better and exhibiting normal behavior for a baby sloth. He mewls at his caretaker to remind her it's snack time - when he's not snuggling with his stuffed rabbit, that is.

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They're generally too adorable for words.

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Follow the babies' progress and keep up with Toucan Rescue Ranch's work by giving them a "like" on Facebook. For even more information, check out their website and learn how you can support their mission of rehabilitating local wildlife.