"The sharp knife of a short life

I've had just enough time..."

- "If I Die Young" The Band Perry

I see Beauty in many things. And like the ghosts that only speak to you if you notice them, they tell me wondrous tales. With my camera and my thoughts, I captured these as faithfully as I can to share with you. And by doing so, they gave me the reasons. And though the thousand reasons may not all be sweet and some indeed bitter; they are still reasons to live. Come to think about it, that is Life, isn't it?

Sunday, 26 January 2014

The World Is Moving Too Fast For The Slow Loris

I've had just enough time...   to feel sad for the slow loris

The slow loris kiss his owner 

In the Pahang jungle, I saw this man with the slow loris. It was obvious that he has bonded with the animal and they treated each other affectionately. But the slow loris is an endangered species. The cute, adorable and gentle loris with its large eyes is popular as a pet but wild life trade has decimated their population endangering them. Loris also do not breed well in captivity and they have one of the slowest birth rate for a mammal. Before they are sold as a pet, their teeth are ripped off with a plier as they have a toxic bite. Many do not survive this treatment. When Rihana took a selfie with a slow loris in Thailand, two men were arrested.

But it does not belong to the world of man

I asked the man about keeping an endangered animal as a pet. He told me that his loris dropped off from the tree when it was still a baby. It would have died if he have left it where he found it. He could not return it to its parents for they would reject it once it is tainted with the human smell. So he had no choice but to rear it himself. I have no reason to doubt him. I have no reason to believe him.

If it is true he save it, did he do the right thing to keep it? (he does love it, I'm sure)

See this disturbing video -


  1. ineedathis, daisyglade, and 5 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1000 Reasons - A bit slow, catching up...
    I don't know whether to believe his story or not. I can see that he loves the slow loris and the animal is affectionate towards its benefactor. But in this case, I don't know what is right or not. But if you see the video, you will agree, you have to - that keeping slow loris as a pet except in the most exceptional case (maybe like this one where it need to be saved) is evil.

    Dahai Z
    Quite disturbing story. I don't believe that man a bit. Humans are capable of unspeakable cruelty to animals and to each other. This led me to question if we deserve to be the caretaker of this beautiful planet.

    You must take it as you see it, very affectionate!

    The Visual Poet
    Superb capture!

    Onasill ~ Recent Upload Following Now
    :-) yes. Always a great read to go along with your fine images Thou.

    Jeff S. PhotoArt 15 hours ago
    Excellent work! Have a wonderful day!!

    Rebecca Ang
    It's indeed quite a disturbing story and video. Just based on facts - the mere fact that such a painful procedure (teeth being pulled off) needs to be done prior to them being suitable as pets makes me think that they are most unsuitable domesticated.

    Nice double portrait filled with affection and mutual feelings,but part of the illustration made me feel sad as one more time I realised that money is the root of all evil ...

  2. ineedathis, Dahai Z, Sergei P. Zubkov, and 1 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    Oh that is one sweet animal, beautiful closeup!

    Onasill ~ Recent Upload Following Now 18 hours ago | reply | delete
    OH !!!!...this is very sweet. Well snapped. Kudos

    Rebecca Ang
    Thanks for the very educational post and video. I am not familiar with the slow lori and was not aware that the animal wild trade was that alive and well. Gosh. Not sure if his story is real or not, but some animals are just not meant to be kept as pets... they just cannot survive this way, and if we truly love them, they need to be where they can be and ought to be.

    Striking portrait effectively presented ! lori has an absolutely penetrating look and part of the shocking video made me sympathising with the poor,innocent creature ...


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