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Primate in parking lot sent to city zoo

AN ENDANGERED primate found cowering in a parking lot in downtown Jing’an District was yesterday sent to Shanghai Zoo.

The slow loris was discovered in a parking lot near the intersection of Shaanxi Road N. and Weihai Road at 11:30pm on Saturday by a resident surnamed Zhang.

The slow loris has first-class national protection in China.

The name is used to cover several species of the creature found in south and southeast Asia, including China’s southern Yunnan Province.

Zhang alerted police and posted photographs of the creature on the Internet.

It stayed in a corner, looking scared, pitiful and lost, Zhang said.

Greenery authorities in Jing’an sent the large-eyed nocturnal primate to Shanghai Zoo yesterday morning.

Zoo officials said the animal had been confirmed as a slow loris and it had probably been kept by residents near where it was found.

Raising protected animals without permission is illegal in China.

Slow loris numbers in the wild have been hit by habitat loss and the pet trade.



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