Sunday, February 24, 2013

Slow loris slow to be found

One of the most interesting areas of cryptozoology is sleuthing the trail of creatures seen only once - but well documented.  As Karl Shuker explains in his latest blog, the tailed slow loris is one of these cases.  The lorises are cute little Asian primates with round heads, big eyes, and vestigial tails.  Except for the specimens documented, with a photograph, in the Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London in 1908.  Field reports and the photo and descriptions of two captive animals made it clear that, in one small area, the Lushai Hills of India's state of Assam, the lorises had bushy tails. 
And that's it. The trail ends right there.  Freaks, or a very distinctive new species? 

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