Thursday, April 23, 2009

Tickle Me Slow-Lo

Aww, super cute, right? But before you rush off to get a slow loris of your own, you should know they're endangered -- threatened by habitat loss, the illegal pet trade, and domestic trade in Cambodia where "carcasses are dried and smoked for use in ... traditional remedies."

They're also, well, gross. From "As cute as the slow loris is, it is considered an endangered species and not really suitable as a pet. Not only are they illegal to own, but they have sharp teeth and wild-like behaviors. For example, the loris marks its territory with urine... constantly... for the span of its entire life. This is not a habit that can be changed like house training a cat or dog."

And if that doesn't keep you from smuggling a loris home in your suitcase, perhaps their poisonous elbows will.

1 comment:

Laura said...

Lifelong territory marking AND poisonous elbows? Add “must eat its own feces to survive” and I’ll totally start breeding these and selling them on Craig’s List.