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29 / Dec / 2010
Jungle Deodorant
Slender Loris, Kabini Photograph: Kalyan Varma Story: Rajesh Ramaswamy

Jungle Deodorant

Deodorants come in some of the snazziest packages these days, though the one found in Kabini takes the cake for being the most eye-catching and innovative. The rare Slender Loris is nature’s own odor-buster, one that keeps the forest smelling fresh by consuming the most noxious and smelly insects. This being the case, it’s funny that the Loris chooses such an offensive perfume for herself, one that normal denizens of the woods turn their noses up at. She prepares for a night out by splashing her face with a pungent urine-wash and even rubs the solution on her hands and feet. Before one wonders if she’s been out in the sun for too long, or if her sense of smell is underdeveloped, we’d like to tell you that this is used less as a cosmetic and more as a salve to ease the stings that her smelly prey is so quick to dispense. This easily explains why all her olfactory trespasses are forgiven; nobody clears the forest of those foul smelling, toxic insects better. When you first meet a Slender Loris, you’ll be captivated by those twin saucers that gaze soulfully at you. The eyes of a Loris are limpid pools that you could dive into, if only they weren’t so high up in the treetops. One is tempted to wonder about the effect on other Page 3 divas, if you were to enter a party with a Slender Loris as arm candy. Those large eyes would grab the eyeballs of every man there and make every woman turn interesting shades of green. The women would, however, be wary of unsheathing their claws, as the reputation of the Slender Loris in dealing with poisonous enemies is far from slender.

We at Orange County have loved sharing this story with you, and shall bring you one every fortnight, as part of our Responsible Tourism Initiatives to raise awareness about the nature and culture of the environments we operate in.

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  1. Ashwin Jakharia says:

    We stayed at Kabini from 16th Dec to 19th Dec. We enjoyed our stay. Venkat, Aniketan, Narendran and all were excellent guides about birds and animals, trees etc.

  2. M Ramaswamy says:

    The image is simply perfect, and continues to maintain the very hi standards set by Lifescapes at Orange County. The write-up below, however seems to encourage hip party goers to try and acquire endangered wild animals as pets. Slender loris habitats are shrinking rapidly and one of the main threats to this wonderful creature is illegal poaching for the underground pet trade.

    • Rajesh Ramaswamy says:

      We understand your concerns, and appreciate the feedback. Just as a reminder, Lifescapes was born of a desire to stimulate conversations about conservation. So we’d be the last people to ” …endanger wild animals”. The idea was to bring in levity and humour into an interactive medium that’s already groaning under the weight of bombast and academic fulminatons, and we’re proud that over 36,000 viewers subscribe to our philisophy, and carry the conversation onwards. We respect your views, but stick by our convictions and our style of story-telling. We only hope that you continue to support us, and continue sharing your thoughts. Freedom of opinion, even if contrary to our beliefs, is the cornerstone of this interaction. Cheers:-)

  3. Diwakaran Nair says: favorite ‘Wednesday Moment’ is back again. Loved reading about the Loris. Loved looking at her, wthout my wife looking over the shoulder ( advantages of getting mail at office). Outstanding image and story…pls keep up the good work.

    • Rajesh Ramaswamy says:

      Hmmm….maybe we should get your wife subscribed too:-))))
      Once again, thanx so much for supporting Lifescapes all this while. We’ll try our best to keep ahead of the bar!

  4. Anitha says:

    Thanks, I always enjoy your mails. :). They make good reading, love the language and diction of the author and the pics are simply fab!! Pls convey my msg to the author and the photographers. I have a feeling the author is always the same… going by the style of writing. V. good


    • Rajesh Ramaswamy says:

      Hi Anitha
      Your gut ‘feeling’ hasn’t let you down at all. The author is the same, every issue….so far, at least:-)
      The photographers keep changing, but we’re blessed with an abundance of talent in that department.
      Thanx again for all the support:-)

  5. Kannan .K.V. says:

    I doubt whether the Slender Loris gets stung by her smelly prey, because her eyes, apart from being soulful, are mesmeric and would undoubtedly have rendered the prey motionless . The photography is absolutely stunning and the content matches the photo. Good show guys!!!

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