Two endangered slow loris (yong ekaithipi) were set free by the staff of Divisional Forest Department inside the deep wood at Jiribam, late Monday evening.
Jiribam Forest Department officials while freeing the two endangered animal appealed the public not to hunt down or kill the endangered animal.
Slow loris is an endangered and vulnerable species. According to a study of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), slow loris is listed under Red category of threatened species. In India it is listed under Schedule 1 of Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972.
In a separate sighting, hunters in Ukhrul district encountered a mother and baby mammal at Ringui village recently.
The hunters with great sense of nature conservation reportedly left the mother and baby slow lorises undisturbed at its own habitat.
Slow lorises are the only venomous primate on earth. It’s bite is fatal. Slow loris are arboreal and nocturnal. They are omnivores; eats insects and other anthropods, small birds, eggs, reptiles, fruits, gums, nectars etc. They usually forage alone and hardly disturb human vegetation.
Commonly found in South and South East Asia, there are at least 8 species, short tailed (the one see in the photo), tailless primate in the region and a very good climber. Unlike other primates like monkey, gorilla etc.,slow lorises are very silent in nature and hardly a nuisance.
It is said that different communities across the world have certain peculiar believe on this primate. The Borneo people of Indonesia believe that slow lorises are the gate keeper of heaven.