By Hannah Stevens @Hannahshewans

AFTER a brutal kidnapping by illegal pet traders, two adorable baby slow lorises have finally found comfort in each other’s arms

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Videographer / director: International Animal Rescue
Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ellie Winstanley
Editor: Sonia Estal, Joshua Douglas

These two tiny slow lorises were saved at the last minute from the brutal Indonesian pet trade

At six - eight weeks old, Pasar and Warung were torn away from their mother in the Indonesian rainforest and stuffed into boxes ready to be sold in one of the notorious animal markets in Jakarta. 

The traders had filed down the terrified animals’ teeth because the endangered slow loris species has a gland inside its arm that secretes venom, which the loris wipes on its teeth to create a poisonous bite. 

Aged only six to eight weeks Pasar and Warung were ripped away from their mother's arms to be sold as pets

International Animal Rescue CEO, Alan Knight, said: “Before she was put up for sale, Pasar’s tiny canine teeth were filed down by the dealer in the market to make the little creature defenceless.

"Many slow lorises fall sick after having their teeth cut out and are dead before they can be sold.”

Before being sold lorises have their teeth cut to prevent them from biting their new owners

Luckily, both slow lorises were saved when the Indonesian police raided the animal market and confiscated the animals. 

Pasar and Warung were rescued alongside three other lorises on sale - an adult male and two females.

In the wild the tiny babies would have stayed with their mother's until they were six months old

After being rescued, the slow lorises were brought to International Animal Rescue’s centre in Ciapus, Java - a four hour drive away from Jakarta. 

Once they arrived the traumatised animals were given immediate medical attention to treat the infections breeding in their mouths.

Now the two tiny primates cling to each other for comfort

Pasar and Warung, who would have remained with their mother until they were six months old in the wild, were left terrified and constantly crying out for their mothers.

Without their mothers to take care of them, the two little primates found comfort in each other and can often be found cradling one another. 

International Animal Rescue hope that the two will one day be strong enough to be returned to the wild

They now live happily together in an International Animal Rescue rehabilitation centre and are having to learn for themselves all the things their mothers would have taught them, such as climbing in the trees and hunting for food.

Despite being illegal, slow lorises are still frequently sold as pets in banned animal markets

Pasar is already adept at climbing, even without his mother to teach him.

Knight added: “Tragically, because of the damage to their teeth, it is unlikely that any of the adults will ever return to the wild.

Many slow lorises do not survive the removal of their teeth

"But the babies still stand a chance of returning to their home in the forest. 

“Only time will tell whether Pasar and her friend will recover sufficiently from the physical and mental trauma they have suffered to fend for themselves back in the wild. But the signs so far are really encouraging.” 

Slow lorises have a poisonous bite
Poison secrets from a pocket in their arm

Pasar and Warung are now making good progress in a larger enclosure and will hopefully be able to return to their home in a protected area of Indonesian rainforest one day. 

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