Cable TV is my best friend on most rainy Sunday afternoons (except during football season). I love flipping through the channels and filling my head with knowledge, usually from documentaries, informational shows and the like.
One rainy Sunday last week, I came across an episode of “Weird Creatures” a show on Discovery Channel which examines some of the most unusual animals on the planet. Man, I was plugged to the TV. I have always been fascinated by nature, even if it happens to odd or repulsive. This particular episode featured the only poisonous primate in the world – the slow loris.
The slow loris is found across southern Asia and western Indonesia, including certain areas of Bangladesh, Burma, China, Thailand, Malaysia and isolated islands in the Indian Ocean. They generally live high in the trees of tropical rainforests, preferring warm, lowland areas.
The slow loris, which stores its venom in an elbow patch, will suck the venom from the patch and deliver a toxic bite. They are omnivores, and will eat insects, eggs, fruits, tree sap, small birds and reptiles and other vegetation.
Due to their nocturnal lifestyle and restricted access to their habitats, experts aren’t sure how many slow lorises are living in the wild. However, they are often captured in the wild by illegal traders, who will remove their teeth with wire cutters to prevent being bitten. In addition to being prized pets, slow lorises are valued for their fur and use in traditional medicine.