Imphal, May 28,
One Slow Loris, zoological name- Nycticebus bengalansis, a scheduled I (one) animal was saved from the possession of Yengkhom Krishnamohon Singh of Kakching Irum Mapan by the staffs of Kakching Range Office. The animal will be released on a safe place today.
On the occasion, N. Munal Meitei, RFO/Kakching said, Slow loris, a small but lovely primate, is now endangered in all its natural habitats including Manipur.
Using the animal as traditional medicine is one of the greatest cause for decline of the animal.
Despite having Section 9 of Wild life Protection, Acts, 1972 which prohibits trade in wild life and its products, to stop and to act stringently, Slow loris is now included in Appendix I by CITIES.
But due to indiscriminate killing, deforestation and habitat lost, to survive itself, now the animal started moving out even to our residential areas without a fear. In the recent pass, different species of animals and birds were rescued by the Forest Department, Manipur and one of the causes for the animals to come near to human habitats may be as a result of climate change with intolerable temperature for them.
N.Munal said, Slow loris might look like a harmless, big-eyed baby ewok, but the slow loris is one of the only venomous mammals in the world. Its subtle nature makes it popular in the illegal pet trade, but this furry creature also carries a toxin that is released from the brachial gland on the sides of its elbows. If threatened, the loris can take the toxin into its mouth and mix it with saliva. The animal may also lick or rub its hair with this mixture to deter predators from attack. The toxin can cause death by anaphylactic shock even to human being also. While on research, the toxin is made up of the secretoglobin, a heterodimeric protein which without saliva of the animal has no lethal power. Therefore, N.Munal appeal to take care while on handling the Slow loris.
But he appeal to general public not to kill the animal but to save it and hand it over to the Forest Department and otherwise Slow loris may extinct from the Earth.