Rescuers In Disbelief When They Find 79 Of These Scared Little Critters Stuffed In Boxes

You probably haven’t heard of these tiny, magnificent little creatures. The ‘slow loris’ story should be a wake-up call to animal lovers out there.

Two men captured 79 slow lorises and stuffed them into small crates where they had barely enough food and water to survive.

The slow lorises, taken from the jungle in West Java, Indonesia, were crammed into boxes and were about to be sent to China where they would be sold as pets.

They were terrified, stressed, and clinging to life. A neighbor in the area had noticed what the two men were doing and immediately called authorities.

Soon after receiving the call, police reached out to the officials of the West Java Regional Office of the Forestry Department (BKSDA) and International Animal Rescue (IAR). A rescue team was quickly put into place and they descended upon the house where the slow lorises were being kept.

Authorities were able to arrest the two men, but the slow lorises were in such horrible condition.

“There were two or three in each box,” Lis Key, PR and communications manager for IAR, told The Dodo. “Being kept in there for as long as two months must have been frightful for them. For a shy, nocturnal wild animal, confinement in one of those boxes for any length of time must have been traumatizing, let alone being moved around and transported.”

After examination, it was found that many of the slow lorises had bite marks and wounds on their bodies. It’s assumed that they most likely inflicted these wounds on each other due to the stress of being in captivity.

“Captive wild animals often develop stereotypical [abnormal] behaviors to cope with their stress,” Key said. “They are at risk of biting each other [and] carrying out repetitive movements, such as head bobbing or swaying to and fro, crying, failing to eat or drink, trying to hide in a corner of the box.”

Watch the viral video of a slow loris being ‘tickled’ below and why this is not cute and why they should never be kept as pets.

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