Business is booming for Colombian traffickers in the illegal wildlife trade, with sloths vastly becoming the country's most popular prize.
The wildlife trade is the third-most lucrative criminal enterprise in Colombia, after drugs and weapons.
It is estimated that 60,000 wild animals were trafficked last year, including exotic birds, monkeys and a growing number of sloths.
While many see sloths as cute, cuddly and friendly animals, experts say they make lousy house pets.
"They're highly specialised animals," zoologist Lucy Cooke told ABC's Nightline. "You don't find three-fingered sloths in zoos in the [United\ States because they're so difficult to keep," she says.
Sloths have a "highly specialised biology" that makes it extremely difficult for them to survive outside their natural rainforest environment.
Their diet is complicated and fussy, consisting of around 40 different plant species.
Traffickers are fuelling an industry that is thriving outside of Colombia, with a global market that is estimated to bring in US$20 billion [NZ$25 billion\ annually. More....