NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 15:16
Three sloths froze to death at Liège airport a week and a half ago. The animals had to spend more than a day in an ice-cold plane during a stopover, while they are used to the temperatures of the tropical rainforest.
A group of nine sloths made a stopover at the Belgian airport on Saturday, January 21, but the aircraft was unable to continue flying immediately due to the wintry weather. When the flight was able to continue on Sunday, it turned out that three sloths had died due to the cold, the Walloon news site Sudinfo writes today.
The news site previously wrote that it was sloth bears, but later changed that to sloths. The confusion was probably in the name: the English ‘sloth bears’ means sloth bears, a type of bear. ‘Sloths’ again means sloths.
Guilty parties punished
All parties involved – the airline, the service responsible for unloading, and the airport – are pointing the finger of blame at each other, writes Sudinfo. The Walloon Minister of Animal Welfare promises that guilty parties will be punished.
The animals were on their way from Peru to Indonesia. Why they made that trip is not known. The animals occur in nature in Central and South America.
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