slow loris antique print.

here we see two things at once—a fine artwork in the tradition of animal and botanical prints popular in 19th century europe, and a sweet and somewhat unfamiliar creature, the slow loris (not to mention the insect about to be eaten).

let's follow just one of these lines of inquiry and find out about the actual animal.

a plumper, shorter-limbed animal than its relative the slender loris, the slow loris is, however, similar in its habits. it spends the day sleeping up in a tree, its body rolled into a tight ball. at night, it feeds in the trees on insects, bird's eggs, small birds and shoots and fruit, seldom coming down to the ground. a slow but accomplished climber, its hands and feet are strong and capable of grasping tightly. it can even hang by its feet. the thumb and great toe are opposable to the other digits. breeding takes place at any time of year, and 1 young, sometimes 2, is born after a gestation of 193 days. slow lorises are thought to live in family groups.