Singer, Rihanna was in Phucket, Thailand, on a mini-break from her World Diamonds Tour, when she befriended a cute – and endangered – slow loris. Little did she know that her Instagram pic would lead to the arrest of two men.
Sharing a selfie she took of her with the cuddly, squirrel-like primate, Rihanna captioned the photo, “Look who was talkin dirty to me!” The popular photo garnered more than 200,000 “likes,” and tipped off authorities that the protected species was being exploited to tourists.
“Phuket authorities were alerted to the picture (of Rihanna), and… police arrested the two individuals who brought out the loris as a photo opportunity for tourists,” Phuket district chief, Weera Kerdsirimongkon, said. He said that animal exploitation among tourist areas is widespread and something authorities have been cracking down on for years. ”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.”
Police arrested two men, one aged 20 years and the other 16 years, and confiscated two lorises from them. The men could be charged with possession of protected animals, which comes with a penalty of up to 4 years in prison and a 40,000 baht ($1,300) fine.
Photo credit: Rihanna’s Instagram