By Hannah Stevens @Hannahshewans
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Videographer / director: International Animal Rescue
Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ellie Winstanley
Editor: Sonia Estal, Joshua Douglas
At six - eight weeks old, Pasar and Warung were torn away from their mother in the Indonesian rainforest and stuffed into boxes ready to be sold in one of the notorious animal markets in Jakarta.
The traders had filed down the terrified animals’ teeth because the endangered slow loris species has a gland inside its arm that secretes venom, which the loris wipes on its teeth to create a poisonous bite.
International Animal Rescue CEO, Alan Knight, said: “Before she was put up for sale, Pasar’s tiny canine teeth were filed down by the dealer in the market to make the little creature defenceless.
"Many slow lorises fall sick after having their teeth cut out and are dead before they can be sold.”
Luckily, both slow lorises were saved when the Indonesian police raided the animal market and confiscated the animals.
Pasar and Warung were rescued alongside three other lorises on sale - an adult male and two females.
After being rescued, the slow lorises were brought to International Animal Rescue’s centre in Ciapus, Java - a four hour drive away from Jakarta.
Once they arrived the traumatised animals were given immediate medical attention to treat the infections breeding in their mouths.
Pasar and Warung, who would have remained with their mother until they were six months old in the wild, were left terrified and constantly crying out for their mothers.
Without their mothers to take care of them, the two little primates found comfort in each other and can often be found cradling one another.
They now live happily together in an International Animal Rescue rehabilitation centre and are having to learn for themselves all the things their mothers would have taught them, such as climbing in the trees and hunting for food.
Pasar is already adept at climbing, even without his mother to teach him.
Knight added: “Tragically, because of the damage to their teeth, it is unlikely that any of the adults will ever return to the wild.
"But the babies still stand a chance of returning to their home in the forest.
“Only time will tell whether Pasar and her friend will recover sufficiently from the physical and mental trauma they have suffered to fend for themselves back in the wild. But the signs so far are really encouraging.”
Pasar and Warung are now making good progress in a larger enclosure and will hopefully be able to return to their home in a protected area of Indonesian rainforest one day.
Read more about the amazing work International Animal Rescue does every day and how you can help at: https://www.internationalanimalrescue.org