Ashocking animal abuse case involving a slow loris that had its teeth ripped so tourists could pose with him for photos has been exposed by a wildlife foundation in Thailand.
The male Bengal slow loris, now named Boris, had his teeth removed by people using wild animals illegally as ‘photo props’, according to Wildlife Friends Foundations Thailand (WFFT).
Boris was reportedly found by a passer-by in the Chaweng Beach area of the popular tourist island of Koh Samui, however the WFFT Wildlife Rescue Centre do not believe the loris was simply ‘found’ after a check over revealed some ‘hideous findings’.
Slow lorises are the only truly venomous primate, WFFT explains, and have a toxic bite that can cause severe injury and pain.
“Teeth clipping and extraction is common with captive lorises, particularly those that are used illegally as photo prop animals to prevent them from causing injuries to the people that pay money to get that all so great selfie with a wild animal in a far away exotic place,” WFFT wrote in a Facebook post.
“Boris’s teeth had been clipped, he has had a broken wrist at some point and he was covered in ticks.
“Lorises are often captured from the wild using cruel snares that can maim and often kill them, so this may explain the old wrist injury.
“The sad reality for the animals embroiled in a life of abuse within the tourist photo prop industry, involves being taken from the wild, ripped away from their mothers, sometimes drugged, their body parts modified to suit the needs of tourists, they spend endless nights being dragged around bright, loud, overpopulated and polluted areas.”