Yet Another Adorable YouTube Sensation Actually Predicated On Cruelty

“The only reason the loris isn’t biting the person holding it in the video is because it has had its teeth ripped out with pliers.”
—Animal rights activist Chris Shepherd tells you what’s really going on in those viral videos which show slow lorises—tiny primates native to Southeast Asia—being tickled and holding up cocktail umbrellas. While the clips seem awww-worthy, the reality is far more sinister: “Although the creature may look happy, it submits to being tickled as a passive defence-mechanism to deal with stress. The loris is a nocturnal animal and is effectively being blinded by the daylight in the videos. Disoriented, it grasps at the umbrella believing it is the bamboo of its natural terrain.”