Slow Loris eats rice ball

Link, via Joe Sabia. From the uploader's notes, it appears that her name is Kinako, she has teeth, and she was born in a pet shop in Japan.

* I think it's awful that these creatures are sold as pets, but it's nice that this owner, who may have rescued her, I don't know, is taking gentle care of her.


  1. 1. Keep them away from bright light.
    2. Don’t get them wet.
    3. Don’t EVER feed them after midnight.

    1. That last one always confused me. When does “after midnight” end? If not specified, it’s probably best to not feed them at all.

  2. It blinks with it’s entire head!  They are extremely cute, but probably not good pets, on account of having a venomous bite and because of their conservation status.

    Also, they’re mostly insectivores; but I suppose I’m the only one who’d consider watching it crunch crickets to be just as cute as nibbling on a rice ball.

    Also, they make a little ch-ch-ch-ch-ch noise when you tickle their bellies. Wikipedia doesn’t mention that.

    1. If the wikipedia article is correct, Slow Lorises are often de-toothed before being sold. In which case boiled white rice may be the only solid food this little guy could handle.

  3. “Rescuing” this one from a pet store, and taking gentle care of it, doesn’t justify owning a Slow Loris. It merely emboldens those pet stores to capture more adults from the wild and
    steal their babies. Isn’t Japan a signatory of CITES? In which case, wouldn’t it be illegal for a Japanese pet store to sell one? Slow Lorises are not native to Japan, so the parent had to come from somewhere.

    1. When I lived in Kobe a few years, almost every pet shop had illegal animals. The worst in Kobe was their version of Home Depot – Conan (コ ーナ ン) in HarborLand. The other foreign teachers nicknamed the pet section “The House of Pain.” Slow loris, new world monkeys, owls & hawks, wallabies, and one extremely friendly nutria… all in tiny, tiny cages.

    2.  Isn’t ‘rescuing’ a euphemism for ‘buying’?  Or for ‘providing a market for’?

      No, I don’t go to zoos, either.

  4. While cute, this video is heart-breaking. These animals are endangered due in large part to the illegal exotic animal trade and “rescuing” them from pet stores just enables this industry to continue.

  5. These creatures are amazing, I’m glad to hear she still has her teeth :)

    There was a really great documentary here in the UK about Loris, it’s a mixture of wonder; how well they are adapted, how little we still know about them and great sadness. These creatures are given a rough ride to satisfy our own stupidity and short sightedness. 

    Here’s a link to the BBC web site:
    These creatures should never be pets. We also need to desperately protect their habitats. We need to get our priorities straight.   

    1. They think that by eating the insects they do, often poisonous, noxious ones, that it’s one of the ways Loris accrue their poison.  

  6. I know I’m just anthropomorphizing, but the expression on the loris’ (loris’s?) face seems incredibly sad.

    1. I came here to say this. The markings on the face above the eyes makes them look sad and frightened. You just want to pick it up and hug it to make things better, but that of course is the problem in the first place. Maybe that’s one of the few instances where camouflage marking is an evolutionary disadvantage?

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