How a YouTube created a real problem for real wildlife
The huge round eyes of the slow loris have made the species a YouTube hit – but experts are now warning that their online popularity has led to an increase in trafficking and cruelty.
Slow lorises are found in south-east Asia, where poachers take them from the wild and sell the animals in markets for as little as £10 a time.
Many eventually end up in Japan, where they can fetch prices as high as £3,500.
Chris Shepherd of Traffic southeast Asia, which campaigns against the trade in primates, said: “The only reason the loris isn’t biting the person holding it in the video is because it has had its teeth ripped out with pliers.”