The slow loris is an adorable, Instagram-able animal native to Southeast Asia. After Rihanna posed with one on Instagram, authorities in Thailand somehow tracked down the two guys who were peddling the protected animal for eager tourists and arrested them.
The Associated Press reports two men -- a 20-year old and a 16-year-old -- were charged with possession of protected animals because of Rihanna's Instagram picture. Rihanna was travelling for her Diamonds World Tour when she decided to stop in Thailand for a quick vacation. According to her Instagram account, she spent her visit lounging in her bathing suit on boats, lounging in her bathing suit near the beach, and meeting with local wildlife. The slow loris, you see, is a protected animal. No citizen should be posing for pictures with them, not even RiRi. And when police heard about Rihanna's Instagram evidence, which they investigated thoroughly, the hunt was on.
"Phuket authorities were alerted to the picture (of Rihanna), and last night police arrested the two individuals who brought out the loris as a photo opportunity for tourists," Weera Kerdsirimongkon a district police chief in Phuket, told the AP. The men face up to four years in prison and a $1,300 fine.
This isn't the first time Rihanna's travel plans got some people in trouble. Let's never forget the hot mess that was Rihanna's "777 tour," which trapped a bunch of journalists on Rihanna's plane while she played seven shows in seven countries over seven days. That did not go well, and she was forced to apologize. Those poor journalists are still psychologically recovering, though.
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