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Loris - The cute little Cousin of ours

Updated on April 3, 2011

How we found our loris pet

About twenty years ago, one fine morning we heard a pandemonium with some crows cawing loud. We came out to see about six crows grouped together attacking a loris with her baby hanging onto her. Mother loris was fighting valiantly and crows calling for reinforcements. My wife went to help the defending party by throwing stones and sticks at the crows. But she couldn't do much as the fight was going on at a height of about 30 ft above the ground level. With two or three more crows joining in the melee crows succeeded in taking the mother and while they flew with the mother small one lost the hold and fell to the ground. My wife adopted the baby.

The baby was named Puthu (son) and my wife found an old bird cage used by her for the rescued birds as transit home. This fitted for Puthu too. Puthu could drink milk from a syringe. Somehow it started growing and could eat rice and small pieces of fish and dry fish. when allowed to crawl out of cage after locking out the cats it picked up any small crawling thing like ants. Then he enjoyed catching the mosquitoes a lot. When allowed to go out in the night it did not go far and came back to his house. So he decided to live with us. Truely he became Puhtu. He got used to touch his new found mom's cheeks with his tiny tiny palms (just like ours- That reminds lorises are distant cousins of ours). The poor little thing lived with us for about six months and contracted a flue and died of it. We all were quite sad of his departure.

Slender loris endemic to Srilanka

Srilankan Slender loris
Srilankan Slender loris | Source

Loris is one of the smallest primates

Loris is one of the smallest primates. There are three main species of loris. They are slender loris, slow loris and pygmy loris.They all live in South and South East Asian regions.

The distribution of the species are as follows.

Slow loris: Bangladesh, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam

Pygmy loris: Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam

Slender loris: Southern India and Sri Lanka

Loris in pet shop

Loris are facing extinction

Loris is a nocturnal animal and hides among branches of trees during the day time. Loss of habitat due to clearing of forests is the main reason for the dwindling population of lorises. As their form of movement is very slow it is very difficult to escape from predators if they do not have enough cover from trees. Thriving pet trade also is another contributor for sad fate of this cute little cousin of ours. There are laws for the protection of this endangered species in many of the countries in the region. Vigorous conservation efforts only will save them from extinction.

Horton Plains Slender Loris seen after 60 years


Slender Loris

Slender Loris lives in Southern India and Srilanka. Three subspecies have been identified. They are Red slender Loris, Gray slender Loris and Horton Plains Slender Loris. Slender loris is the smallest of the loris family. They grow up to 6 to 10 inches tall. Horton Plains Loris is endemic to Srilanka and was believed to be extinct. But recently scientists from Zoological Society of London (ZSL) have been able to photograph and capture three Horton Plains lender Lorises for a short time to measure and identify them. This is the first time after 1937 this elusive animal was seen. Scientists estimate that there can be only  about 100 living animals of this rare species making them to be one of the rarest breeds.

Horton Plains Slender Loris lost and found


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    • Sun Pen 50 profile image

      Sun Pen 50 5 years ago from Srilanka

      Thanks for the visit and the comment. My wife sometimes remembers him and cries, even now.

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      How sad your little " Son" died of the flu. I found an abandoned squirrel baby once and tried to rear him , but unfortunatley he died after 10 days. It was very sad. Had you not rescued this little orphan he would not have had the 6 months of good life you gave him though, so even if his life was short, I´m sure it was happy. Lovely story, and good to hear this species is being protected.

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      Sun Pen 50 6 years ago from Srilanka

      Thanks Peg. Thanks Anglnwu. I am glad you enjoyed the story. We still feel sad even after twenty years. He was so cute and loved us too.

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      Loris are cute and I wouldn't mind having them as pets. Puthu is lucky to have you guys taking him in. Thanks for the lovely hub.

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      Peg Cole 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      What a lovely little creature. I'm so sorry you only had six months with this guy. You were kind to rescue him. I was moved by way you told of Puthu putting his little palms on your wife's face. How sweet.

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      Sun Pen 50 6 years ago from Srilanka

      It is nice that you enjoyed reading the hub. Yes, The god, the nature has given us all these We have to take care of it.

      Thank you for the visit and the comment.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      How interesting to become acquainted with the loris, and how precious to read of the care Puthu received in your home.

      So sad to see the effects of this fallen world in nature, yet it is an awesome responsibility to be stewards of what God has given us in the earth.

      The variety of animals we find in God's creation is amazing, and I'm glad to learn about loris.

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      Sun Pen 50 6 years ago from Srilanka

      Thank you for the visit and the encouraging comment. Yes they are tiny though they also are some monkeys. A well grown loris can be 10 inch tall (maximum. This is standing on two legs. Crows are quite dangerous as they attack in gangs. Loris survives because they are nocturnal.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, what a gorgeous little animal! thank you for the information, I would never have thought that birds would attack it, I am so glad you saved it, if only for a little while, cheers nell

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      Sun Pen 50 7 years ago from Srilanka

      Yes they are very shy. But respond to our love. You must see their hands. They are tiny but almost like human hands with tiny thumb, fingers and the palm. Thanks all for vising and commenting.

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      jandee 7 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Hello, poor Mother Loris and thankfully you were there.The little one had six months of happiness you did well to give it that,enjoyed ,thank you SunPen, from jandee

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      He's adorable. How sad that he to you in such a violent manner. He's lucky your wife was there.

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Oh, what a cutie!! What an interesting story, and an interesting pet. Thanks for sharing this.