Mom and Baby Slow Loris Saved From the Pet Trade Are Returned to Their Jungle Home

Despite being in horrifying shape when she was rescued from wildlife traffickers last fall, a female slow loris found the will to fight and give birth to a healthy baby.

Now, she and her baby are safe and living back in their jungle home.

The mom was later named Canon, and she was part of a huge bust that took place last October that saved the lives of 34 slow lorises who were destined to be sold as pets in Indonesia. The bust resulted in the arrest of five wildlife traffickers.

The lorises were taken to the International Animal Rescue’s (IAR) rehabilitation center, where the team described their condition as “heartbreaking.” All of them were suffering from stress and malnutrition, while some had untreated injuries and bullet wounds.

Canon had three pellets lodged behind her eye and in her head and back, but despite all she had been through, she gave birth to a healthy baby shortly after being saved, who was later named Chestnut. After she had recovered from giving birth, the three pellets were removed and she began the rehabilitation process.

IAR has shared some seriously precious updates about the pair since Chestnut was born, and now they’re celebrating another major milestone. Although Canon’s eye was permanently damaged, she still made a remarkable recovery, and the pair was deemed ready to return to their rightful place in the wild.

This month, Canon and Chestnut were among a total of 10 ten Critically Endangered Javan slow lorises who were released in Mount Sawal in West Java, including Starmoon, Logan, Jomblo, Moana, Lilo, Giv, Bowi and Wakai.

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According to IAR, Canon and Chestnut were hesitant to come out of their crate, but they eventually climbed out slowly and after Canon made her way up a tree, Chestnut followed her.

IMG_5281_Canon & ChestnutCredit: International Animal Rescue

Hopefully the latest group to be released will thrive in the wild, and their story will help raise awareness about the threats these endangered primates are facing.

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Sadly, their irresistible adorableness has continued to drive the demand for them as pets, which has been perpetuated by people who continue to share photos and videos of them on social media. IAR estimates that every single day three slow lorises are now poached from the wild, and an average, one of them won’t survive the ordeal.

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As IAR has previously pointed out, these shy, nocturnal animals are easily stressed and endure a number of abuses after being torn from their homes that range from being confined and fed inappropriate diets, to having their teeth crudely clipped or broken off without anesthesia to make them defenseless, which often leads to infection and death.

IMG_5317 giv or jombloCredit: International Animal Rescue

Wildlife officials who took part in this release are also pointing to the need to preserve their habitat and make sure slow lorises are protected as an integral part of the ecosystem. They play an important role in distributing seeds and pollinating plants, in addition to controlling pests.

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“We must all play our part if we are to preserve this Critically Endangered primate species which is endemic to Indonesia,” said Himawan Sasongko, Head of the Centre for Conservation of Natural Resources in Ciamis, who added that the slow loris ecosystem serves to maintain the diversity of all native species in the region.

For more on how to help, check out International Animal Rescue and its Tickling is Torture campaign.

Photo credit: International Animal Rescue


JoAnn P
JoAnn Paris5 months ago

Thank you for this very interesting article.

Marie W
Marie Wabout a year ago

thanks for sharing

Melania P
Melania Padilla1 years ago

Precious babies; I don't think these animals (and many others) have hope if they are still bought as pets, and as humans take more and more of their habitats :-(

Jen S
Jen S1 years ago

Outstanding news, but unfortunately, the poachers are still out there,

Jennifer H
Jennifer H1 years ago

Shoot the damn poachers. The only answer. Hunt the hunter.

Margie F
Margie FOURIE1 years ago

So glad they could be saved.

Angela K
Angela K1 years ago


heather g
heather g1 years ago

Encourage witless people to leave nature alone. Having them as pets amounts to animal abuse.

Clare O
Clare O'Beara1 years ago

Thanks, poor loris

Debbi -
Debbi W1 years ago

Hope they have long, healthy and safe lives.