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21 Responses to “Slow Loris eats rice ball”

  1. skeptacally says:

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

  2. GawainLavers says:

    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.

    • Colin Curry says:

      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. giantasterisk says:

    Tough day? Slow Loris understands. 

  4. Colin Curry says:

    “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.

    • SumAnon says:

      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.

    • Paul Renault says:

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

      No, I don’t go to zoos, either.

  5. Jardine says:

    You have a fork in your hand you ill-mannered creature!

  6. Justin Bales says:

    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.

  7. schadenfreudisch says:

    this belongs on boing boings sister site “the directory of sad and terrible things.”

  8. Jason Lane says:

    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.   

  9. MadSun says:

    These guys eat insects, lizards, birds and fruit. Feeding it rice is like feeding your dog popcorn…

    • Jason Lane says:

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

  10. euansmith says:

    Fuzzy Sapien lives!

    Next up, I want my Flat Cat.

  11. Nick Harvey says:

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

    • Simon Champion says:

      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?

  12. LaGrange says:

    For some reason I find this appropriate here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ejr9KBQzQPM