Sad-Looking, Cute, and Threatened…

cute slow loris– – Have you ever seen anything look this sad and cute at the same time?–Don’t you just want to take it home with you?–Well, you may not want to, because it’s a venomous primate, a type of slow loris species called Nycticebus kayan newly discovered in Borneo.

Now the slow loris (which sounds like a Dr. Sseus character) is a nocturnal primate found across Southeast Asia that is closely related to a lemur and is characterized by unique fur coloration on its face and body.  The creatures are poorly understood due to their lifestyle of nighttime activity and slow movements.

To access its poison, a slow loris rubs its hands under glands near its armpits, then applies the poison to its teeth.  The resulting bite can put a person or predator into potentially fatal anaphylactic shock.  Despite its toxic defense, the species is threatened due to deforestation and poaching.  Sadly, the cuteness of the species may lead to its undoing, making it a prime candidate on the illegal pet-trade market in Asia.  Due to the toxicity of its bite, captive animals often have their canine and incisor teeth pulled out, which puts them at risk since they then can’t chew properly, ultimately resulting in death…

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2 Comments on “Sad-Looking, Cute, and Threatened…”

  1. carycomic Says:

    If only it were more like the Meep from the 1980’s “Dr. Who” comic published by Marvel UK. That supposedly innocent creature (with blue fur and puppy-dog eyes) turned out to be an alien sociopath!

    • vulpesffb Says:

      Remember also the Dilophosaurus shown in the “Jurassic Park” movie which appeared small and cute but proved to be quite deadly, putting an end to Wayne Knight’s character!


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