On a windy December morning, a Forest department and a Police vehicle pulled up in front of our hospital. With 4 very very special miniature guests. Slow Loris from the jungles of Kolhapur. Siezed by an amazing police officer from the Crime Department from traders who were making deals worth 25 lakhs for the 4, they had no place to keep them in custody.
Native to India and Sri Lankan jungles, the Red Slender Loris (Loris tardigradus) and Gray Slender Loris ( Loris lydekkerianus) are nocturnal animals with a lifespan of around 15 years. They feed on insects, reptiles and shoots of plants. They are poached for some body parts which are believed to have medicinal values, as well as for trade as exotic pets. Poaching has led to the steady decline of this species.
They look like cuddly gremlins, but they could be the worlds only poisonous primate with sharp painful bites that may lead to anaphylactic shocks.
Please DO NOT buy exotic pets. For your own sake. And theirs.