Three adult Bengal slow loris (Nycticebus bengalensis) and a common palm civet kitten (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) have been brought into the WFFT Wildlife Rescue Centre. The lady who brought them to WFFT had found them being kept by friends after being purchased via Facebook, she informed her friends about the work WFFT does and that we would be able to help. As the lorises are adults and have recently been caught from the wild they will be suitable releases candidates if they make full recoveries from the injuries sustained.
Common palm civets are increasingly being kept as pets and are the most commonly used civet species in the production of civet coffee/Kopi luwak. They are currently listed as Least Concern (LC) by the IUCN Red list of Threatened Species but this is likely to change with the increased capture of wild individuals for the pet trade, bush meat trade and for the production of Kopi luwak. This kitten also seems to have been recently caught from the wild as it is very aggressive, it is malnourished and underweight. We will have to see how it goes over the next few days.
All four rescued animals were treated for their wounds and are currently in the Wildlife Rescue Hospital where they are being supervised by the WFFT Vet Team. We will keep you updated on their progress.