L is for Loris. The Loris is an endangered animal from India and Southeast Asia. This cute thing is the only venomous primate known. Unfortunately because of their cuteness people all want them as pets which has further endangered their population. You may have seen videos of what looks like people tickling the underarms of the Loris and the Loris reacting as if they like it. Actually it is a defensive move as the venom is created by licking the inside of their elbow and then biting their oppressor. When taken as pets, typically the first thing done is remove their teeth to prevent biting with the toxins. More shown here.
I’ve been enjoying this series and learning a lot. I have to say the video you linked to is a real eye opener and everyone should watch it. Thanks for the education.
Thanks for all the twitter tweets.
People do get a little nuts with “pets”. There are certain animals that just should never be pets. I had never heard of the loris but it sounds like the treatment they get as “pets” is cruel.
I have to admit before I read up on it I did enjoy the tickling loris videos.
Most wild animals make lousy pets and they soon end up abandoned. If you want a pet, get a cat or dog.
Got two!!! Cats that is.
Thought you had a cat, Didn’t know you had two.
One hides all the time so he doesn’t count