Well folks, we’ve done it. We’ve found the world’s cutest animal.
Nope, it’s not a puppy and definitely isn’t a panda; but they are endangered. Which is probably why this is the first time you’ve ever heard these guys existed.
Think you’re ready? Take a gander at this:
Those eyes! That fur! His shy little demeanour! How have we all gone through life without being graced by the presence of the adorable slow loris??
These things are cute beyond reason. They don’t even have to try. Just look at how jaw-clenchingly sweet they look while eating:
Now, about those eyes. The giant orbs you keep fawning over help the animal see at night, as slow lorises are nocturnal. But they seriously make them look like something out of an anime show:
If you’re ever fortunate enough to see one in the wild though (they’re usually found in South and Southeast Asia), beware. As cute as they are, slow lorises can leave you with a pretty nasty, toxic bite. Check it out:
Don’t get too scared though; slow lorises usually just freeze when threatened. And they can do a lot more than just eat, bite and sleep. Here’s one trying its hand at pole dancing:
And here’s another one demanding more tickle attacks:
This one just wanted to play with the miniature umbrella:
Now, for those of you are well versed about the plight of the slow loris—WE KNOW. We’re getting to that.
As stated earlier, these animals are endangered. And as cute as they are, they don’t belong in domesticated environments and should not—ever—be purchased as pets. Because of the insane demand for these little furballs, quite a brutal black market has been built around them. To avoid any chance or error though, you can rest assured that in almost all cases, a slow loris cannot live a proper life outside of the wild.
So while we want you to appreciate the cuteness that is the slow loris, we also want you to be aware of the important issue surrounding them.
Happy wildlife watching!