It’s amazing what being ticklish can do for your billing. From relative obscurity, the lowly loris recently became animal A-list material. One in particular of these wide-eyed primates shot to fame for its cutesy performance in some footage that’s pure, aww-inspiring dynamite. While the web watched, Sonya the slow loris simply looked loveable. So what’s the story with the loris – as a species and a starlet?
Image: Lionel Mauritson
We know this clip of Sonya has done the rounds on the old intertubes, but when we saw it, being – occasionally in some cases – cute and cuddly types here at Environmental Graffiti, it was just too adorable for us to pass up on posting. The dejected lowering of the arms, and that priceless forlorn look at the camera. A star had been born; who were we to ignore it?
Image: Daniel Chong Kah Fui
When clingy is OK: A female slow loris clinging strongly to a human arm
Of course, when you make it to the top there are always people queuing up to knock you down. There were those all too keen to comment that the slow loris can excrete a toxin from elbow glands that it mixes with saliva in its mouth, giving these listless animals a painful, not to say venomous bite. It’s even been known to be fatal to humans because it can bring on anaphylactic shock.