There’s a new slow loris out there

Photo: Ch’ien Lee / wildborneo.com.my

Photo: Ch’ien Lee / wildborneo.com.my

…and you really don’t want one to bite you.

That’s because the Kayan slow loris has a toxic chomp. The little guy has a gland on his arm that he licks before biting, creating a potent, painful toxin. Kind of an odd mix with primate’s painfully cute face.

It’s face is what led to the discovery, or rather, classification, of a new species. The Kayan loris was originally thought to be a subspecies, but after researchers from the University of Missouri Columbia took a closer look at the facial markings on the four different types of loris, they decided the Kayan group were worthy of their own species. The pattern on their faces resembles a mask, with darker markings around the eyes and a richly hued “cap” on their heads.

Unfortunately, Nycticebus kayan‘s cuteness is a drawback for their survival in the wilds of Borneo. They’re extremely popular chattel in the illegal pet trade and are rated as Vulnerable / Endangered on the IUCN Red List.

So instead of taking the little guy out of his habitat for your adorable pet needs, enjoy this video of a slow loris holding an umbrella.

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One response to “There’s a new slow loris out there

  1. Dear Linsey

    Interesting article, apart from the last sentence:

    “So instead of taking the little guy out of his habitat for your adorable pet needs, enjoy this video of a slow loris holding an umbrella”

    Where do you think this little guy came from? Taken out of the forest of Vietnam or Cambodia most likely…..

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