Wednesday, 13 July 2016

7/13/2016 03:15:00 pm
A shocking animal abuse case involving a slow loris that had its teeth ripped so tourists could pose with him for photos has been exposed by a wildlife foundation in Thailand.

The male Bengal slow loris, now named Boris, had his teeth removed by people using wild animals illegally as ‘photo props’, according toWildlife Friends Foundations Thailand (WFFT).

Boris was reportedly found by a passer-by in the Chaweng Beach area of the popular tourist island of Koh Samui, however the WFFT Wildlife Rescue Centre do not believe the loris was simply ‘found’ after a check over revealed some ‘hideous findings’.

"Boris Loris a male Bengal slow loris (Nycticebus bengalensis) arrived at the WFFT Wildlife Rescue Centre yesterday evening from Koh Samui where he had been rescued by Phil of Samui snake and wildlife rescue. He had been handed to Phil after being ‘found’ in the Chaweng Beach area of the island of Koh Samui, this area is well heavily used by tourists and frequented by people using wild animals illegally as photo props.

A check over by the WFFT Vet Team revealed some hideous fi...

Slow lorises are the only truly venomous primate, WFFT explains, and have a toxic bite that can cause severe injury and pain.

“Teeth clipping and extraction is common with captive lorises, particularly those that are used illegally as photo prop animals to prevent them from causing injuries to the people that pay money to get that all so great selfie with a wild animal in a far away exotic place,” WFFT wrote in a Facebook post.

“Boris’s teeth had been clipped, he has had a broken wrist at some point and he was covered in ticks.

“Lorises are often captured from the wild using cruel snares that can maim and often kill them, so this may explain the old wrist injury.

“The sad reality for the animals embroiled in a life of abuse within the tourist photo prop industry, involves being taken from the wild, ripped away from their mothers, sometimes drugged, their body parts modified to suit the needs of tourists, they spend endless nights being dragged around bright, loud, overpopulated and polluted areas.”

Boris the loris cannot be released back into the wild due to his lack of teeth and will spend the rest of his days at the WFFT rescue centre, the case was highlighted this week by The Dodo.

The Bengal slow loris has been named on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species due to a loss of habitat and severe pressures from hunting.

Meanwhile, a petition has been launched to save the 'world’s saddest polar bear' being kept in shopping centre so people can take selfies.

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