Wildlife traffickers offer sloths for sale in Cordoba, Colombia for around $30.
Animal experts say that many people buy sloths as pets, but do not understand the difficulty in raising and caring for the animals. For example, a zoologist told ABC News that they sloths survive on a complicated diet of about 40 different plant species.
The illegal wildlife trade in Colombia was estimated to have trafficked up to 60,000 animals in 2012.
Source: John Schriffen and Alex Waterfield, “Hottest-Selling Animal in Colombia’s Illegal Pet Trade: Sloths,” ABC News, Nightline, May 28, 2013.