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Slow loris found in Hailakandi

Silchar, Sept. 21: A rare slow-moving primate was found yesterday in Hailakandi district, spurring excitement among conservations and animal lovers here.

District forest department sources today said the primate was later identified as a slow loris.

The sources said the species once thrived in large numbers in Barak valley and Dima Hasao district, but during the past many years it was considered extinct in these parts.

Nilam Basumatari, an assistant professor of Zoology in Cachar College, had a look today at the animal captured by two farm labourers at Sonari, a village on the fringe of dense jungles under Katlicherra block in Hailakandi district, and confirmed that it was a slow loris.

Sources said the primate was released later today in a forest near Katlicherra town on the Mizoram border.