The cruel aim of this crude surgery is to remove their natural defenses, and make them more pliable and doll-like around humans so they're easier to market as pets. "Given the chance - and if its teeth are still intact - it would give the person doing the tickling a serious bite," IAR said.
Cepat is a prime example of the harm that captivity can do to slow lorises. Like so many others, Cepat had his teeth brutally removed so he couldn't protect himself. And though he spent only six months in captivity, he developed metabolic bone disease as a result of poor nutrition.
Unfortunately, the slow loris craze hasn't been helped by celebrities who've endorsed their exploitation. Lady Gaga was planning to use a slow loris in a music video last year, but he still had his teeth and bit her on set. The year before, Rihanna posted a selfie with a slow loris, but police used the photo to track down the animal peddlers and confiscated their animals.