OSA PENINSULA, COSTA RICA - From a glance, it appeared Dirk and Lori Morgan and their two guests were the only ones on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula beach Monday after high tide chased everything away.
After all, the area in which the couple runs Morgan's Jungle Lodge is still very remote and uncrowded, according to Dirk Morgan, co-owner of Morgan's Canoe & Outdoor Adventures in Oregonia.
But as the four of them made their way down the rocky beach, they soon found out they were not alone.
According to a Monday Facebook post, the Morgans happened upon a young, two-toed sloth among the rocks.
"It didn't even make a sound until I came close to it," Morgan said of the sloth.
In what could be considered a real-life Paragons lyric, the couple said it appeared the slow mover, which is typically found in the trees, held onto the rock during high tide.
With no adult sloth in sight and two loose dogs roaming nearby, the Morgans wiped the salt water from the sloth's face and carefully it scooped up and placed it inside a box with a towel to keep it warm.
The couple then brought the sloth to an area animal rescue, where caretakers plan to check him out and allow him to regain his health before he's returned to the wild, Morgan said.
"I feel fortunate that this wonderful little creature touched my life and that I could make a difference in his," Morgan said.
Two-toed sloths, like the one the Morgans found, and three-toed sloths are typically found in the forests of Central and South America.
One week after the Morgans saved the young sloth, the Cincinnati couple has run into their own hardship.
Morgan's Jungle Lodge was claimed by a Monday night fire.
"We are saddened and shocked at this," Dirk Morgan said.
Everyone made it out of the lodge safe, Morgan said. The couple was left only with the clothes on their backs.
It is unknown what started the fire. The Jungle Lodge is located in a remote, uncrowded part of Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula.
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