Adorable: Rescued Slow Loris returns to nature

TENGCHONG, China (CBS) -- An adventurous Slow Loris was returned to nature in Tengchong County in southwest China's Yunnan Province Sunday after it was rescued by a lady in Tentchong on Friday night.

The woman found the Slow Loris wandering around her car Friday night.

Believing it was lost and injured, Zhao took it home.

Later, Zhao found the little creature enjoyed eating grapes and beetles. Driven by curiosity, Zhao went online to search for what this little thing is.

After some reading , Zhao believed it is a sloth, which has been listed as a kind of animals under China's first-class protection.

Zhao then contacted Tenchong's Forest Bureau and the authority sent animal experts to identify the little creature.

"After examination, we believe it is the Slow Loris which is also the animal under first-class state protection. It seldom moves, especially during the daytime it always sleeps, so we also call it Pygmy Slow Loris," said Zhang Jiayan, director of the office of the Tentchong Wildlife protection and management commission.

Slow Loris is not popular in Tengchong as it usually inhabits in tropical and subtropical rainforests, as well as bamboo groves and mangrove forests.

Since they prefer forests with high, dense canopies, experts finally decided to return it to Yunnan's Gaoligong Mountain Nature Reserve.

"This is a better place because it is not cold here. There are more food at Linjiapu [a forest protection area in the nature reserve]. There are fewer people here. We think it will be helpful for it to live here," said Zhang.


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