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New slow loris boasts poison tongue


A venomous primate with two tongues would seem safe from the pet trade, but the big-eyed, teddy-bear face of the slow loris has made it a target for illegal poachers.

Researchers recently identified three new species of slow loris, a primate that had originally been grouped with another species.

“CNN recently promoted loris videos as ‘feel good’ entertainment. In truth, the lorises gripping forks or umbrellas were simply desperate to hold something. The arboreal animals are adapted to spending their lives in trees constantly clutching branches. Pet keepers rarely provide enough climbing structures for them,” says Anna Nekaris, study co-author, primatology professor at Oxford Brookes University, and a University of Missouri graduate.

Full story at Futurity.

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