What should you feel guilty about today? Slow loris videos!
It’s hard being a person, out there in the world, isn’t it? There are just so many things to feel guilty about. And this week has been a doozy for stuff like that! First, there was the news that that healthy feel-good grain quinoa you’ve been buying is actually driving Bolivians to malnutrition. What’s next?
Well, you know those slow loris videos you love? Sooo cute, right? It turns out they are the product of cruel animal abuse!
"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," said Chris Shepherd of Traffic Southeast Asia, which campaigns against the trade in primates.
Oh, but still: Humans have had their teeth removed and they’re generally pretty happy? Maybe the slow loris is like that? See the way it enjoys being tickled?
Although the creature may look happy, it submits to being tickled as a passive defence-mechanism to deal with stress.
Oh dear. But is the umbrella is cheering it up?
The loris is a nocturnal animal and is effectively being blinded by the daylight in the videos. Disoriented, it grasps at the umbrella believing it is the bamboo of its natural terrain.
3/24/2011 NEVER FORGET: