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A sloth visited a Florida elementary school. It didn’t behave during a selfie session

A two-toed sloth hangs from a bush at the Jaguar Rescue Center near Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. (Melissa Allison/Seattle Times/MCT)
A two-toed sloth hangs from a bush at the Jaguar Rescue Center near Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. (Melissa Allison/Seattle Times/MCT) Miami Herald File

A sloth caused a bit of a stir this week when it went to visit an Orlando elementary school.

A spokeswoman for Orange County Public Schools says that the animal was at Camelot Elementary School for “a learning opportunity.”

Apparently, during a picture-taking session, the sloth bit a secretary, who was treated for an injury to her hand, said the spokeswoman. It’s unclear if the creature was a two-toed sloth or three-toed sloth.

Sloths can charge humans if they feel threatened, according to the San Diego Zoo, which adds that the tree dwellers have sharp, canine like teeth.

The mammal, known for its slow, creeping movements, is from Barn Hill Preserve, the spokeswoman said.

According to the Louisiana based Preserve’s Facebook page, the organization often does one on one sloth encounters.

The website reads: “Barn Hill Preserve’s FREE mobile program consists of one, 45-minute oral presentation on our LIVE animal ambassadors. Our program offers students the unique experience to get up close and personal with animals they may have never seen before!”

A call from the Miami Herald about the incident at the school went unanswered.

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