Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Monkey World rescues Maldives drugs raid slow loris

19 August 2014 Last updated at 13:12

A primate confiscated by police during a drugs raid in the Maldives has been flown 5,000 miles to begin a new life in the UK.

The Bengal slow loris, about the size of a bag of sugar, had been living on a prison island near Male, the capital of the Indian Ocean islands.

It was kept in a birdcage and fed baby food and bananas while officers searched for a permanent home.

The primate will be re-homed in Devon by the Dorset-based Monkey World.

'Huge loss'
Officers in the Maldives named the loris, believed to be male, Kalo which translates as "buddy".

Kalo, one of only a few thousand lorises in existence, had been living on the prison island of Dhoonidhoo for eight months as other countries were unable to take the animal.

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