OLYMPIA, Wash. – Sloths and other exotic animals have been confiscated from a home in Olympia.
KIRO-TV reports that South American tree sloths, an Asian monitor lizard and other reptiles and insects were taken on Saturday. The TV station reports that the owners are licensed as a sloth rescue in Oregon, but could not produce any paperwork showing the animals could be legally owned in Washington state.
Courtney Mclees of Thurston County Animal Services said that the owners’ website shows they do meet-and-greets and sometimes sleepovers with the animals. Mclees says staff is concerned that the sloths have been breeding.
The TV station reports that the animals have been taken to a private sanctuary for now.
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