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Fur Flies as Rihanna Cuddles Endangered Species


Published on Sep 27, 2013

Pop star Rihanna has sparked controversy after posting a photo on the internet of herself holding a protected slow loris.

The US-based Barbadian R&B singer arrived in Phuket last week and has posted several photos on her Instagram account, including ones with the endangered loris and elephants at an unidentified location.

Local wildlife advocates have alerted authorities to the picture of Rihanna with the slow loris, which is sometimes illegally used as a photo prop in tourist areas.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNWPC) has responded by urging residents to help identify where Rihanna was pictured holding the slow loris.

The Phuket News reported on its online edition yesterday that the picture is believed to have been taken on Bangla Road, off Patong Beach in Kathu district.

Source: Bangkok Post

The main story has had some serious knock-on effects:
Phuket police arrest third loris tout on Bangla Rd after Rihanna photo
PHUKET: A third loris tout was arrested around 1am today (September 25) after police caught him on Bangla Rd – the latest in a series of arrests made by Phuket police in response to singer Rihanna photographing herself with one of the endangered animals on Friday.

Source: Phuket News

Drunk tourists ‘saving’ lorises off Phuket streets, says animal rescue worker
PHUKET: An animal rescue worker involved in educating people about the plight of slow lorises on the island has spoken out about the local trade, and revealed tourists are buying the animals from touts in well-intentioned but misguided attempts to save them, sometimes paying up to B40,000.

Source: The Phuket News 

Rihanna has not yet made a statement about the matter. The offending photo remains up on the starlet’s Instagram feed, along with many other shots from her Thailand trip, at 


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