PUERTO ALEGRIA, PERU. A captive sloth is passed around for photos. Sloths are a popular attraction in this kind of activity because they seem to have a permanent smile on their face, and their instinctive behaviour of grabbing anything they come in contact with is misinterpreted as affection. Wildlife "encounters" are often used by tour operators in the Amazon rainforest to advertise their tours, where tourists can handle these captured animals, unaware of the underlying animal suffering involved.
Nando Machado Photography