As I mentioned before, we ran into a mega problem with our visas for Brazil. We weren’t going to get them in time for our February sessions there, and I nearly died of a panic attack. Since Tyler is a handsome genius, he quickly figured a way around the system, got us on flights to Costa Rica, and many days later we find ourselves proud Brazilian visa owners, only- we are “Stranded” in Costa Rica for a while more until we have clearance to leave.
ANWYAY, we’ve had time to hang out in the afternoons here in San Jose with some cheery newfound friends, and it’s been wonderful. Our friends took us to a marvelous place called the Toucan Rescue Ranch. We knew we were in for a good, educational time but we had no idea... The place is amazing. The owner works miracles with Toucans, birds of all kinds, and frankly most type of abused or neglected animals that are brought her way.
As we toured around the place, Isaac held hands with a monkey (a fact he later marveled about at bedtime. “I’m so happy I FINALLY got to hold a monkey’s hand!), Isabelle “Awwwwed” over two adorable porcupines, and we saw countless beautiful birds, including two adorable Pygmy owls that reminded the kids of Hogwarts (what doesn’t remind them of Hogwarts?)
We thought the tour was top notch, but had no idea there was a grand finale. At the end, Leslie, our guide and the owner of the ranch, said, “OK lets now go inside and I’ll show you the baby sloths.
*cue Kristen Bell freak out here*
Yes! Baby sloths. Holy crap. And also- mega cute daddy sloths. All lying in fleecey blankies inside buckets, cuddled up nice and cute with sleepy eyes. All who were brought into the rescue having been abandoned, or shot at, or abused, etc. Such sad situations but MAN this place really rehabilitates them. They were looking really good. Leslie gets to snuggle with baby sloths while she feeds them (like a newborn) and watches a good tv show. Nice.
The kids were totally smitten and so were all of us adults. Sloths are cool. But what are they? It doesn’t matter. They are unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. And so, so soft.
We really felt like the kids got a good education on animals and how to be responsible with them, etc. It was a great experience- highly recommended for anyone who wants to visit. Kristen Bell would do well here. If by “doing well” I mean freaking out into a mass hysteria of happy tears.
I felt like happy crying too.
Tomorrow we leave to do some “off the grid” camping and hiking, so I’m trying to schedule posts. Email responses will be slow. But we love you just the same.
Happy Birthday to our new dear friend Naomi. All she wanted for her birthday was to hold a baby sloth- bingo!
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