Rihanna’s Instagram Photo With Endangered Species Prompts Arrests

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Rihanna posted a photo on her Instagram and Twitter with a furry squirrel-like animal with big eyes, called the slow loris, while she spent her weekend at the beach in Thailand. This didn’t go well with the authorities of Phucket, Thailand because of a law prohibiting Thai citizens from exploiting wildlife and charging money for people to pose with endangered species such as elephants, orangutans and other animals. Police confiscated two lorises and arrested the pair selling photo opportunities for tourists, including Rihanna.

Although the little animals are cute and cuddly, they are also deadly creatures which are indigineous to Southeast Asia. When lorises feel threatened or get angry, they release a harmful toxin from their elbow, put the juice in their mouth and if it touches humans, we can gointo anaphylactic shock. Looks like Rihanna flirted with death… as the S&M singer also attended a few sex shows during her stay.

Authorities arrested the 20-year-old man and 16-year-old boy with possession of protected animals and a penalty of up to four years in prison, in addition to a 40,000 baht ($1,300) fine.

“It’s like a cat-and-mouse game. But this time it’s bigger because a celebrity like Rihanna posted the picture, and there were more than 200,000 `likes’ from around the world,” said the Phucket district chief, Weera Kerdsirimongkon.

Rihanna performed on Sunday, Sept. 22, in Singapore before her Diamonds World Tour heads to Australia and New Zealand.

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