WILDLIFE CRIME CRACK­DOWN

First News - - Animal News -

PEO­PLE try­ing to cyber-smug­gle slow lorises have been stopped by In­done­sian po­lice.

Nine Su­ma­tran slow lorises, which are a pro­tected species, were saved in Pekan­baru, West Su­ma­tra, In­done­sia, by the Rapid Re­sponse Po­lice Unit of the En­vi­ron­ment And Forestry Pro­tec­tion And Law En­force­ment Agency. The lorises were be­ing smug­gled by a net­work of crim­i­nals who were us­ing Face­book to sell wildlife.

The cute crea­tures were as­sessed and treated by a team from In­ter­na­tional An­i­mal Res­cue. Sadly one of the lorises died, prob­a­bly as a re­sult of be­ing con­fined in a cramped, air­less box by the traf­fick­ers. It's hoped that the rest will be re­leased back into the wild soon.

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