Animals saved from the wildlife trade will never know how close they came to having their lives cut short - but judging by these recently rescued creatures' saddening huddle, they no doubt sensed the danger.
On Wednesday, police in Brazil attempted to stop a suspicious person seen walking near a patch of protected forest outside the city of Macapá. As they approached, however, the suspect fled, but not before dropping a large sack that he was carrying. It quickly became clear why he ran.
Inside the sack, officers discovered three pale-throated sloths, native to the Amazon.