5.11.2010

Tiny Tuesday: Tickling Slow Loris



Happy Tiny Tuesday!

My friend Dayna submitted this very worthy video for Tiny Tuesday. Isn't this delightful? I can't believe he's real. Every Tiny Tuesday, I'm amazed at how incredible the world is.

I'd never heard of a slow loris, but they bear a striking resemblance to the tarsier, don't you think? I did a bit of research on this curious creature, and again, here is an abridged summary of my findings, according to what I think is most relevant. Ahem:

• These tiny primates, weighing only 2-3 lbs, inhabit the tropical forests of Southeast Asia and Indonesia.
• Solitary nocturnal foragers and opportunistic carnivores who prey on sleeping birds and baby mammals, along with insects and fruits.
• They sleep rolled up in a ball with their heads between their legs. Like a Poppel.
• They hang upside down from their feet so they can eat with both hands. Can you picture this? CUTE!
• A specialized arrangement of blood vessels in their wrists and ankles allows them to cling to things for an extremely long period of time.
• They produce a toxin in the glands in their elbows. They suck it into their mouths and deliver toxic bites and licks as a defence mechanism! A bite from this adorable animal can be fatal to humans. To protect their young, sometimes mothers will lick this toxin onto their babies before leaving them to hunt for food.

Oh my god. ::faint::


4 comments:

  1. IT HURTS IT HURTS IT HURTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Oh my goodness that is cute! Wonder who that gal is, and how she has a poisonous little cutie tame and in her lap... lol

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  3. Yay! That is pretty awesome about their elbow poison.

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  4. I know! Who would have ever guessed, poison in their elbows?! Wild.

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