Pasar is a Javan slow loris is no more than eight weeks old, but in his short life, he has already experienced more cruelty than most will face in a lifetime – this is the unfortunate reality for victims the wildlife trade. According to International Animal Rescue, Pasar was snatched from his home in the Indonesian rainforest, stuffed into a small dark box filled with other terrified lorises, and transported into the noise, heat, and blinding sunlight of an animal market in Jakarta, all to be sold as an exotic pet.
Pasar traveled alone, most likely because his mother was either killed or forcefully separated from him, a common practice in the illegal pet trade, so that he would be easier for his captors to take. Rescuers said that his small teeth were filed down – done to make these animals more desirable as pets. Most slow lorises die soon after this process, but Pasar held on long enough for Indonesian police to raid the market where he was on display, and confiscate him along with four other lorises.
Rescuers said all five of the animals were in terrible conditions: dehydrated, with clipped teeth, and bleeding, infected mouths. One female was pregnant and as the video above shows, Pasar was severely traumatized by the experience. These animals may be different species than us, but one look into the sad and terrified eyes of this loris, and it’s impossible to deny the utter despair he is experiencing.
Pasar’s story is just one of thousands that come from the illegal pet trade every year. Tragically, the demand for slow lorises as a pet has completely annihilated their wild populations, and now, Javan slow lorises are critically endangered species. While their big, round eyes and calm demeanor, makes these animals seem like sweet companions, these wild animals are not at all pets, and the treatment of them as commodities is simply not worth the tears of this little baby. Do your part by sharing this article and warning others about the perils of the illegal pet trade.