Two held for smuggling rare animals

September 7th, 2011 - 5:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Panaji, Sep 7 (IANS) Two Karnataka residents were nabbed Wednesday for smuggling two Slender Lorises, a rare and endangered species of nocturnal primates largely found in a sanctuary in southern Goa, police said.

Sambhaji Belardurkar and Rudrappa Gadekar, both from Halyal district, were arrested in Canacona in south Goa while they were ferrying by cars into Karnataka the animals illegally caught in the Cotigao wildlife sanctuary.

“Slender Lorises are an exotic species of animals and are considered a lucky mascot. They sell for upward of Rs.1 lakh each in some parts of the country,” a police officer said.

The Slender Loris, which normally grows to 10 inches in height, is also known as ‘van manush’ in local parlance.

Listed as an endangered species in India, they are insect eaters who live on tree tops in tropical forests.

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