Rihanna Photo With Endangered Slow Loris Leads To Two Arrests In Thailand
Rihanna took some time off from her Diamonds World Tour to make a pit stop in Phuket.
While there the singer posed for a photo with a slow loris. She posted the photo on Twitter along with caption, “Look who was talkin dirty to me! #Thailand #nightlife.” The problem is, the loris is an endangered species and there’s a law that prevents people from charging tourists to take pictures with them. After the photo surfaced complaints were launched leading to the arrests of two locals, a 20-year old man and 16-year old boy.
“Phuket authorities were alerted to the picture (of Rihanna), and last night police arrested the two individuals who brought out the loris as a photo opportunity for tourists,”a Phuket district chief, Weera Kerdsirimongkon told The Telegraph.
Two lorises were confiscated from the arrested pair. They could be facing four years in prison and a fine of 40,000 baht ($1,278) for possession of protected animals.
Riri also apparently didn’t realize she was in danger by coming in contact with the furry primate. When defending itself the loris secretes a venom from their elbow, put it in their mouths and use it to fight off their predators which include pythons, hawk eagles and orangutans.
Humans can go into into anaphylactic shock if they come in contact with the venom, according to TMZ.