In yet two other incidents of Slow Loris found stranded in the township dwelling areas of Pasighat.
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Two Slow Loris were rescued from one each at PI Line (Sibo-Siang Colony) and other from Ward 11 of Pasighat Municipality on 14th and 15th May and both the primates were safely released in the D. Ering Wildlife Sanctuary on Wednesday.
The one rescued from Sibo-Siang Colony was a female which was almost killed by the local residents after finding the primate stranded in the dwelling house in the wee hours at around 1 AM early morning. But it was rescued by a young college going student from Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat named Mr. Vijay Panyang, a 2nd year student who originally hails from Pongging village under Upper Siang District. As a conscious youth about protection of wildlife, Panyang informed the officials of D. Ering Wildlife Sanctuary here.
In the another case next day, a male Slow Loris was rescued by Sobo Pertin, Councilor Ward No. 11 of Pasighat Municipal Council and he too informed the officials of the D. Ering Wildlife Sanctuary which was also taken into safe custody. On receiving the primates from both Panyang and Pertin, DFO (Wildlife) Tasang Taga appreciated the both for their love and care shown to wild animals. Taga also appealed all concern citizens to inform his department whenever finds or notices any wild animal in distress.
Both the primates were safely released in the Borguli Range of D. Ering Widlife Sanctuary today 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).
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 Southeast Asia, they range from Bangladesh and Northeast India in the east to the Philippines.