Itanagar, May 18: Two Slow Loris, one rescued from PI Line (Sibo-Siang Colony) and the other from Ward 11 of Pasighat Municipality in East Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh on May 14 and 15 last were safely released in the Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary on Wednesday.
The primate rescued from Sibo-Siang Colony was a female which was almost killed by the local residents after finding it stranded in the dwelling house in the wee hours at around 1 AM. But it was rescued by a BA second year student of Jawaharlal Nehru College.
As a conscious youth about protection of wildlife, Panyang, the student informed the officials of D Ering Wildlife Sanctuary here.
In the another case the next day, a male Slow Loris was rescued by Sobo Pertin, councelor of Ward No 11 and he too informed the officials of the sanctuary which was also taken into safe custody.
On receiving the primates from both Panyang and Pertin, DFO (Wildlife) Tasang Taga appreciated both for their love and care shown to wild animals. Taga also appealed to all citizens to inform his department whenever any wild animal in distress is noticed.
Both the primates were safely released in the Borguli Range of D Ering Widlife Sanctuary on Thursday by a team of wildlife staff led by Dy Range officer Getem Borang in the presence of M Tayeng, member, State Board for Wildlife and 3 other research scholars from Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) who were doing survey and study works on critically endangered Bengal Florican in the sanctuary’s grassland. The Slow Loris are a group of five species of Strepsirrhine primate which make up the Genus Nycticebus and this ‘Nycticebus bengalensis’ are locally called Lajuki Bandor in Assamese and Besung Raaye in Adi. Found in south and south-east Asia, they range from Bangladesh and North-east India in the east to the Philippines.