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Rare surprise found under parked car

A RARE monkey-like slender loris has been found under a parked car near the South-north Elevated Road in Zhabei District.

A restaurant owner surnamed Zhu found the animal under a car in front of his restaurant in the early hours of yesterday morning, according to the Shanghai Morning Post.

The loris, a first-class protected animal, looks like a small monkey but has grey skin and a pair of distinctive panda-like eyes. The animal comes from southwest China and Sri Lanka and is near extinction, according to Pei Enle, an expert from city's wild animal protection office.

The loris might have been kept as a pet and run away home, Pei said. Last week the office found two lorises on a long-haul bus on the Shanghai-Hangzhou Expressway and sent them to the Shanghai Zoo after nobody claimed them.

The loris, or sloth monkey, only ate a small piece of carrot yesterday.

The Shanghai Zoo said it would contact Zhu as soon as possible and collect the animal.


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