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Unusual visitor: Slender Loris on school campus

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | BELLIE THOMAS
Published Aug 5, 2016, 6:57 am IST
Updated Aug 5, 2016, 9:24 am IST
Wildlife volunteers, were informed and they soon arrived to examine the animal that appeared to be about a year old.
The Slender Loris that entered a school in Bengaluru on Thursday 	(Photo: DC)
 The Slender Loris that entered a school in Bengaluru on Thursday (Photo: DC)

Bengaluru: Inventure Academy, an international school located in South East Bengaluru had an unusual visitor early Thursday morning. A Slender Loris fell off a tree on the campus and landed in the safe hands of the school’s watchman, who immediately brought it its administrative office.

Wildlife volunteers, were informed and they soon arrived to examine the animal that appeared to be about a year old. Satisfied all was well with it, they placed it safely back on the same tree it had fallen from.

 

The watchman’s alertness in rescuing the Slender Loris, which is now on the verge of extinction, possibly saved it from being  preyed on by birds or other small mammals in the sprawling 37-acre heavily wooded campus of the institute in Chikkavaderapura on the Whitefield-Sarjapur Road.

 “We at the school are very conscious about wildlife conservation. Three years ago,  even elephants strayed into our grounds which are heavily wooded . But all our students are aware of the value of wildlife and  conservation,” said Mr Ramesh Hariharan, director of education services and dean of students at the Inventure Academy.

 

 Once found in large numbers in South India, now only a few Slender Loris are spotted in Bengaluru , due to its rapid urbanisation. They are also hunted for use in black magic.

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Location: India, Karnataka, Bengaluru




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