And it just gets worse from there. Because their bite is poisonous, their captors yank their teeth out with pliers or cut them off with nail clippers to make them more pliable and doll-like, an excruciatingly painful procedure that can lead to life-threatening infections.
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The problem is exacerbated by popular "loris tickling" videos, which show the small animals throwing their arms up in the air when being tickled and encourages the ongoing demand for lorises as pets. But the action is actually a defense response, as they have venom glands in their elbows.
Laos Wildlife Rescue Center