Despite the discomfort the mother must have felt, her number one priority was her baby, whom she was very protective of and held onto constantly. Calis noted that, while the mother was protective, she wasn't aggressive - perhaps knowing that the people who saved her had no intention of hurting her child.
"I cleaned out the wound, debrided the edges and stitched it back into place," Dr. Laura Berenguer, a veterinarian who operated on the mother sloth, wrote on Facebook. "To do so she underwent general anesthesia (adult sloths can be very dangerous, more so mothers protecting their young)."
The mother sloth held on to her child, even when unconscious, just as her son was content to stay in his mother's arms throughout the operation, where he felt the most safe.
"She stays all time in the posture you can see in one picture of them, trying to cover him," Calis said.