On our second full day in Panama, we got up well before the sun to find Semaphore Hill in Soberanía National Park rather reminiscent of San Francisco, in all its fog-cloaked glory.
Living up to its name, the rainforest remained, well, rainy throughout our 36 hours there. At least it’s consistent!
As our bleary, sleep-filled eyes scanned the treetops for signs of birds, they kept being diverted inward instead to the branches as the frisky coati demanded our attention.
Cute, ugly little buggers, aren’t they? I can’t decide if this guy’s mangy or had just been in a tiff with one of his fellow tree-dwellers.
I’m pretty sure, either way, he has the disposition of a honey badger, making squabbles with his neighbors a likely occurrence. It’s just the innate impression that I get—and I do have a sixth sense for these sorts of things.
We actually needn’t even leave the tower to explore the rainforest, as, in fact, the coati wasn’t the only creature we spotted out the window of our room at the Canopy Tower in Panama. Can you guess what—or rather, who—we spied through the thick foliage of the tree to the coati’s immediate left? I’ll give you a hint; his claws look something like this…
If you guessed a sloth, then you win…well, the glory of knowing you were right!
We couldn’t actually see its face for several hours, as he remained hidden, sleeping soundly, beneath a matted clump of leaves. Sloths, they get their names for a reason! I took approximately 734 photos of his claws, fearful that might be as close to seeing a sloth out in the wild as I was going to get.
But when we came back from our birding safari—is that just the dorkiest thing I’ve ever admitted to? I believe it might have been but, whatever, it was awesome—behold, he was awake and ready to entertain.
I’m sure he heard about Kristen Bell’s obsession and figured if he posed for the camera, he might make it to Hollywood, too. I mean, what sloth doesn’t have lofty aspirations of leaving Central America behind in pursuit of some day being auto-tuned?
Sloths—not only are they slow, they’re also incredibly vain.