Back in 2009, some kids in Panama found a hairless sloth and, thinking it was “an alien,” they killed it. Ten years later and this story still bugs me.
A weird creature has stirred up controversy among the people of Cerro Azul. Some say it could be an alien, others simply believe that is an animal. …
I had to make note of it when one guy in the Fark comments brought the sorta bad news here – the Cerro Azul cryptid really looks like a shaved sloth. See above – I rotated the Cerro Azul mystery creature just so you could more easily compare body shape.
I hate being such a skeptic, but at the moment I’m thinking, man, that poor sloth. He just wanted to go full-body Brazilian, just once, and a bunch of [screw]ing teenagers go all caveman on [him].
The claw is the giveaway. Sad. This naked sloth might have had a great life ahead of it once it got over whatever caused its fur to fall out. Below is more info about this geographic location. I’ve added links so you can learn to identify the creatures living around you.
Kids in Panama here are other living things around you that you should not kill because you fear them:
You may see foxes, white-faced capuchin, ant-eater, sloth, squirrels, coatimundi [hog-nosed coons, snookum bears, Brazilian aardvarks] , agouti, peccary [javelinas ] and white-tailed deer, howler monkey, red spider monkey, jaguar, olingo, two-toed sloth, ocelot, jagarundi [jaguarundi (Puma yagouaroundi)], harpy eagle and guan.
In addition to the stunning natural beauty of Altos de Cerro Azul, you have access to high-speed satellite internet, Direct TV and modern electricity and telephone services. Use these to figure out what stuff is so you don’t react like a bunch of savages.
The mob fear reaction completely disgusts me. We humans are sometimes a pack of stupid violent screeching monkeys gang attacking anything new in our territory. Did you know that a group of villagers in France once gathered to beat a hot air balloon to death because it appeared to them to be a supernatural monster? Strange but true. We can do better.
After the first manned hot air balloon flight, French villagers tried to attack it, thinking it a fire-breathing monster. The pilots appeased them with a bottle of champagne that they had originally brought to celebrate, and today it’s customary to carry a bottle along on balloon flights.
To the kids in Panama who did this, you are probably adults by now. I can only say this: I hope you never meet a real alien.