Cuddly sloth brings traffic to standstill in Ecuador (PHOTOS)

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A sloth in Ecuador has become a social media star after being snapped clinging on to a crash barrier in the middle of a highway. Traffic cops eventually came to the aid of the cuddly creature, whose adorable face had brought motorists to a standstill.

En Los Ríos colaboramos con un hermoso perezoso, que pretendía cruzar el anillo vial de Quevedo

Posted by Comisión de Tránsito del Ecuador on Friday, January 22, 2016

A post by the Comision de Transito del Ecuador (Transit Commission of Ecuador) on its Facebook page read: "We are grateful to all those people who were interested in the health of the animal.

“The sloth bear rescued by our unit was reviewed by a veterinarian, who determined that it was in optimal condition to be returned to its habitat.”

Sloths are native to Latin America and are renowned for their sluggish movement and long claws.

Not all of them get the same positive reaction from the general public though. An Australian anti-drug advertisement which depicted a sloth as a stoner was ridiculed on social media.