Buttercup is one of the most famous sloths of all time. And the oldest female three-toed sloth ever recorded. She is widely considered the queen of sloths and lives in the Costa Rica sloth sanctuary.
Sweet Ms. Buttercup was catapulted to international recognition from the wildly popular Animal Planet series “Meet the Sloths”.
Buttercup was only a few months old when taken to the center by helpful travelers who’d seen an adult sloth (probably her mother) dead from injuries along the roadside. The Center had to quickly learn how to care for an infant sloth, as other Costa Rican rescue centers did not know at the time.
Buttercup sits behind her guardian and Sharon
Over the past 27 years, while Buttercup was quietly gaining fame among kids and their parents, the center welcomed biology researchers, Costa Rican veterinary students and conservationists like Sir David Attenborough and Jeff Corwin to the Sloth Sanctuary. She even became ‘Brand Ambassador’ for American Apparel!
Through trial and error and parental instinct, Buttercup was nurtured from tiny baby to vibrant juvenile and into her adult years. She received the best possible care and nutrition available, in the process, allowing them to develop a care protocol for other rescued infants.
A super queen, super model!
Educating people about sloths helped Costa Rica learn to respect and protect these enigmatic animals—elevating them to pop culture icons. Each year thousands of guests have passed through the center’s front gate to see and meet the sloths of Costa Rica.
Buttercup passed away on Friday, June 28, 2019, at age 27, the oldest captive-living Bradypus in the world. She symbolized everything the Sloth Sanctuary, just north of Puerto Viejo, set out to achieve: to care for injured, orphaned and abandoned sloths.
Buttercup, happily posing for Sharon.
Rest in hibiscus, gentle Buttercup.