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July 19, 2010 | by  | in Opinion |
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Animal of the Week: The Slow Loris

The slow loris packs incongruous punch. A primate found across southeast Asia, it resembles a sloth or a possum: it looks frail; bewildered; and, above all, huggable. Check out the Youtube video, ‘Slow loris loves getting tickled’: not even the warning description below (“Not only are they illegal to own… the loris marks its territory with urine… constantly… for its entire life”) can dampen the onslaught of adorableness. It is true, however, that the loris makes an inappropriate pet, not least because it exudes toxins from glands on the insides of its elbows. Yes: this wide-eyed furball exudes toxins, which it then mixes with saliva, and delivers through a bite or lick (which causes humans painful swelling). And, because I like ‘Animal of the Week’ to contain a moral, this week’s is something to do with misleading appearances/the perils of pigeonholing. But seriously. Watch the video.

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Elle started out at Salient reviewing music. In 2010, she wrote features and Animal of The Week, which an informal poll revealed to be 40% of Victoria students' favourite part of the magazine. Alongside Uther Dean, she was co-editor for 2011. In 2012, she is chief features writer.

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