The death of a Bengal slow loris, which is locally known as ‘Lajuki Bandar’, on Thursday hurt the nature lovers at Jagun under Margherita sub-division in Tinsukia district.
As per reports, the slow loris got electrified at Jagun Tenth Mile area under Digboi Forest division when came in range of a high volt power line.
The Margherita sub-division unit of the Natures’ Beckon, environmental activists group from Northeast India, expressed sorrow on the death of the Bengal slow loris.
Slow Lorries is the only prosimian (belonging or pertaining to the primate suborder Prosimii, characterized by nocturnal habits, a long face with a moist snout, prominent whiskers, large mobile ears, and large, slightly sideways-facing eyes) found in Assam and the Northeast region.
The primates have been facing serious threat to their survival because of habitant loss and fragmentation.
Slow Lorries are found in India (Northeastern states), China (Yunnan province), Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, and Singapore.
The Slow Lorries have been identified as ‘endangered’ in the IUCN Red List 2008.
Slow Lorries are omnivorous. They eat fruits, leaves and insects.