(WILDLIFE RESCUE/ANIMAL VIDEOS) In this adorable video clip, witness the heartwarming moment 20 slow lorises are released into the wild for the first time in their lives. The group of seven males and 13 females–Iik, Colek, Merdeka, Najuna, Airin, Mojang, Jajaka, Haq, Gimbul, Tako, Zwitsal, Dove, Zohri, Yuna, Sari, and Itih–were all rescued from captivity by International Animal Rescue (IAR) between 2015 and 2018. The slow lorises have all started a new life in a conservation forest in West Java, Indonesia, after being surrendered to the Conservation of Natural Resources Department (BBKSDA).
Before returning to the wild, all of the animals had to pass a series of medical exams and undergo rehabilitation at IAR’s primate center. Volunteers at the animal charity will be monitoring the animals over the next two to four weeks to ensure the slow lorises are comfortably adapting to their new environment.
“Returning slow lorises to the forest is in fact much harder than hunting or capturing them from the wild,” IAR Programme Manager Robithotul Huda said.
“They are one of the many primates that are widely kept as pets but in captivity many eventually die because of the torture and compromised welfare…For this reason, we strongly urge the public never to buy or keep slow lorises as pets, because it is synonymous with exploiting them.” — Global Animal