Max was brought to Alturas in pretty bad shape. His right hind foot was heavily damaged and infected, and after a long time under veterinary care he ended up with an amputated right foot and had put back on a kilo of weight. He showed that he could easily get around and climb even missing the foot and was ready to be released.
Loyal Clarke brought Max over around lunch time, and he (the sloth not Loyal) proceeded to sleep in his cage while we picked the exact release point and had a wonderful lunch prepared by Marianela. We decided that a spot along the Phyllobates Trail would be perfect. Max was loaded into the UTV and Greddy drove Loyal and the sloth up to the trailhead.
Up at the chosen tree Loyal took Max out of his cage and we all got a great close up look at a truly gorgeous animal. But it was quick, as Max was immediately placed up against the tree and he grabbed it right away. Pretty clear he was fired up to be getting back into the forest.