There are two species in Western Ghat
CHENNAI: A young slender loris was rescued by the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) authorities here on Friday.
An SPCA team got information that the animal was with a gypsy in Triplicane and it was not being fed properly by him. Following this, an Inspector from the SPCA went to the place and rescued it.
S. Ramkumar, a wildlife enthusiast, said the slender lorises are found commonly in dry and scrub forests besides riverine tracts.
In the Western Ghats alone, two species were found — one in the western slopes and the other in the eastern slope — he pointed out.
The lorises are farmer-friendly animals as they feed on the insects, particularly the pests that posed a threat to crops.
Apart from pests they also feed on fruits and leaves, he said. Basically a territorial animal, the lorises are usually found in pairs. A common belief among people in the rural areas is that a small rope got from the hand of a loris had powers to cure children’s diseases. But it is only a myth, Mr. Ramkumar said.
Handling of this animal will lead to breathing problems and a bite by a loris may result in rabies attack, he said.