Baby Slow Loris Found Outside 7-Eleven Immediately Clings To His Rescuer
He was just lying in alone a basket — but now he's about to meet some new friends.
Just outside a 7-Eleven in Thailand was a basket — and inside it was a tiny baby animal, obviously unaccustomed to being away from his mother at such a young age, let alone totally confined and alone.
Luckily, a tourist found the little animal before anyone else could take him away, and did the best thing for him. He contacted Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT), a local wildlife rehabilitation center for displaced, injured or otherwise needy animals like this little loris.
Rescuers, who named the slow loris Makham, did what they could to give the scared animal a sense of safety.
In the wild, baby slow lorises are extremely attached to their moms for the first six months of their lives — they even give off a special ultrasound signal if they feel scared so their foraging moms can hurry back to the nest to protect them. It's possible little Makham had been calling and calling for his mom while trapped in the basket, so when he saw his rescuers, he immediately clung to them.
Slow lorises of all kinds, including Bengal slow lorises like Makham, are threatened by not only the exotic pet trade, but also habitat destruction and hunting. It's expected that over the next two decades, populations of Bengal slow lorises specifically could plummet 30 percent.
So not only was the rescue good news for Makham — it was good news for his species.
"Luckily little Makham was found and he will have some other young loris friends to keep him company," WFFT wrote on Facebook. "Sadly, the rehabilitation and release back to the wild for such a young loris is a long process. However, we are hopeful that this little one will get another chance at a wild life."