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slow loris; pet; trade; Indonesia; CITES; endangered
Their enormous round eyes and cuddly coats make the Slow loris one of the world's most appealing animals.
Unfortunately the same characteristics make it a prime target for poachers who sell the small and vulnerable creature as 'pets'.
The UK animal charity International Animal Rescue (IAR), probably best known for rescuing dancing bears in India, has been investigating the loris trade in Indonesia.
They have just built a new rescue centre on the island of Java which they will use for the rehabilitation of wild animals captured for the pet trade before they are released back into safer areas.
During a trip to Indonesia in November the charity's investigators took shocking photos at an animal market in Jakarta. The images show a terrified slow loris having its teeth cut down with nail clippers to prevent it from using its bite to defend itself.
This is standard practice in Indonesia before putting lorises up for sale for about