Fig. 1. View of the Slow Loris carcass lying on its left side at the edge of the road.
Fig. 2. View of the section of Mandai Road where the Slow Loris carcass was found (at lower right corner of picture).
Photograph by Chan Sow Yan

Sunda Slow Loris (Nycticebus coucang) carcass along Mandai Road

Location, date and time: Singapore Island, Mandai Road near Orchidville plant nursery, on Ulu Sembawang side just before entrance of Lorong Lada Hitam; 6 July 2005; 0922 hrs.

Observation: The carcass of a loris, about 25 cm in head and body length, was found with no external injury at the side of the road.

Remarks: This example could have been hit by a motor vehicle and was assumed to have died the previous evening. It was collected and deposited in the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum at the National University of Singapore. This record is mentioned in Fam et al. (2014: 72) who also question the status of Slow Lorises on Singapore Island. As lorises were frequently traded through Singapore, the population there may consist partly of non-indigenous animals that had been abandoned.

Reference:

  • Fam S. D., B. P. Y.-H. Lee & M. Shekelle, 2014. The conservation status of slow lorises Nycticebus spp. in Singapore. Endangered Species Research. 25: 69-77.

Source: Singapore Biodiversity Records 2014: 283-284

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