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Slow loris rescue by International Animal Rescue - Cepat

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Published on Mar 19, 2012

http://www.internationalanimalrescue.org

Cepat was brought in to International Animal Rescue's primate centre in Ciapus, Java in June 2011. He had spent six months in captivity as a pet before he was rescued. He is a Sumatran slow loris and his name means 'Speedy' in Bahasa Indonesian.

Cepat was kept in a cage in broad daylight, with nowhere to shelter from the heat and the sunlight -- a cruel and unnatural environment for an animal that normally sleeps in the forest by day and comes out to hunt for food in the dark of night.

Like most of the slow lorises in our care, Cepat has had his teeth cruelly clipped off to protect his handlers from being bitten. Cepat's rescue was shown on the BBC documentary Jungle Gremlins of Java and primatologist presenter Anna Nekaris knew on sight of him that Cepat's teeth had been removed from the way his tongue was sticking out of his mouth.

Cepat will need complex dental surgery before we can determine whether he could ever fend for himself in the wild. In the meantime, we provide him with all the minerals and vitamins he needs to make up for the poor diet he was fed as a pet. He's also left to sleep all day in the shade and the quiet, just as he would in the wild.

To sponsor Cepat and help fund the care of the 100+ rescued slow lorises that we have at our centre, please visit: http://bit.ly/wfvCyH

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