Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
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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."

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Abe Sauer (#148)

It's kinda' odd that the entire Internet is just really some rural 15 year old boy.

HiredGoons (#603)

Really? to me it makes perfect sense.

gumplr (#66)

No RACHEL BLACK tag?

zidaane (#373)

The bear in this video was woken up from it's hibernation and driven blindfolded 100's of miles while be force fed a child's week old birthday cake.

TheRtHonPM (#10,481)

I wonder if lorises are tasty?

saythatscool (#101)

They kinda taste like panda heart. So… pretty good.

cherrispryte (#444)

STC! You're back! I was worried!

Okay, not really worried. But your abscence was noted.

scroll_lock (#4,122)

Someone call PETA, stat! People Euthanizing Tickled Animals.

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