Thai arrest pair after Instagram of Rihanna with loris
BANGKOK (AP) - Thai authorities have arrested two individuals for possession of protected animals after singer Rihanna tweeted a picture of herself in Phuket with the protected slow loris, a squirrel-like animal with big eyes that is native to Southeast Asia.
"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," a Phuket district chief, Weera Kerdsirimongkon, said by telephone Sunday.
Police confiscated two lorises from the pair - a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy - who could face charges of possession of protected animals. The charge carries a penalty of up to four years in prison and a 40,000 baht (S$1,605) fine.
On a break from her Diamonds World Tour, Rihanna stopped in Thailand to visit the island of Phuket, where she befriended some local wildlife.