On August 21st, proud pygmy slow loris parents Frank and Casey welcomed a son
at the Akron Zoo. The infant weighed 21 grams- that's the weight of about eight pennies.
Pygmy slow lorises are indigenous to Asian countries like China, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. They are one of the many species considered "threatened
" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Their population is in decline due to hunting, deforestation and demand within the pet trade. They are also used in traditional medicines to treat women after childbirth, stomach problems, wounds and burns. The fur of the slow loris has also been used to treat cuts and scrapes due to its blood clotting properties.
The diet of the pygmy slow loris consists of insects, tree parts, fruit and bamboo. Full grown adults weigh between 7 and 14 ounces.
This is the only the second time that a pygmy slow loris has been born at the Akron Zoo. The first, born in 2008, was also fathered by Frank. The new baby slow loris now weighs 185 grams and is doing very well. Casey is raising him off exhibit in the Akron Zoo's Animal Care Center.