He didn’t know where he was.
No one knows how he got to a huge metropolis where he was lost.
A Bengal slow loris was discovered by a Good Samaritan earlier this month in Bangkok, Thailand. Bengal slow loris are little, nocturnal animals that seldom see the light of day.
These uncommon creatures, famed for their startlingly big eyes, are sometimes kept as pets in Thailand but this sluggish loris managed to escape and end up on the streets. When they discovered him, they knew exactly what to do and took him to the Wildlife Friends Foundation of Thailand (WFFT).
The shelter frequently accepts slow lorises with their teeth trimmed as a precaution to prevent the lorises from biting their human owners.
Despite being cute, sluggish lorises can be fatal. They have sharp fangs that can deliver a severe, deadly bite, which is why many of those offered as pets have had their teeth trimmed.
Unexpectedly, this young loris only had one tooth removed.
The WFFT team provided an update, saying, “We have no idea why only one tooth was clipped in this case or how he ended up free in the city but he has had surgery to remove the infected root fragment and is responding well to treatment.”
The loris was given the name Donald and is now living a much more natural life at the sanctuary after making a full recovery from surgery. The WFFT team strongly advises keeping slow lorises as pets because they are nocturnal by nature and their huge, lamp-like eyes are extremely sensitive to sunlight.
The big eyeballs may appear adorable in photographs, but they were created to see in the dark and suffer damage from exposure to strong sunlight, according to Donald’s caregivers.
Because of the skilled treatment Donald has gotten at the sanctuary, his chances of being released in the wild are looking very good. Donald is becoming stronger every day.
Caretakers for the loris remarked, “We may never know what happened to [this] specific loris to be found in such an unusual environment, but we can assure his future will be a bit kinder to him.” We hope to see him returned to the wild, where his species is facing a dire decline.