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Lemur in busy shopping
mall seems cruel
I was just in the Maya Mall where they are having some Japanese fair with
girls in geisha outfits, and oddly parrots and what I think is a lemur. I
really do not know what a lemur or parrots has to do with Japanese culture.
There was a caretaker for the animals and the parrots seemed happy enough,
they were not tethered and seemed to enjoy the attention. However, the lemur
seemed very docile (very sleepy looking), but didn’t actually seemed
drugged, just seemed very tired.
I don’t know what the natural disposition of a lemuris, so have no idea if
his responses etc were normal. However, what struck me of course was the
typical noisy Thai environment, speakers blaring. music playing. And of
course that anyone could touch him (although I have to say that people were
very gentle towards him.
Just thought it was in general poor taste to have this kind of animal on
display to the general public in a noisy mall environment.
I felt very sorry for him.
Concerned animal lover
Dear Animal Lover
The lemur is a nocturnal animal native to Madagascar and so not only would
be tired as it’s normally asleep during the day, but also not particularly
related to Japan at all. It may also be a slow loris, which is native to
South East Asia and also has big eyes and a snout like the lemur. If it is a
slow loris they are considered “Vulnerable” and are related to the lemur and
are also nocturnal animals. It should be noted that besides deforestation
the greatest threat to the slow loris is wildlife trade, they are cute and
people think they are pets. Although trade in these animals is prohibited by
the CITES agreement it would seem they are a trendy pet in Japan, so perhaps
it was for this reason that it was on show at the mall. Slow loris, like
most wild animals, are not safe cuddly creatures as they have a potentially
lethal bite. Let’s hope that wherever the organizers of the event got the
slow loris from that it is returned to a more natural habitat and lifestyle.
Send this to the complaint department. So many of the events posted in
“Community Happenings” are incorrect. For instance none of the three e-mails nor
the phone are correct in Monday’s notices of an entity called “art conspiracy”.
Many others are not reachable, or say every week when they are every other week
or closed down.
Certain people here are ruining their Karma by wasting my time and energy by
incorrect posting. Can you punish those people or put them up for public
ridicule? Ha Ha.
Other than that complaint, I love your weekly paper.
Cheers and best wishes
Thanks for letting us know, although we try our best to make sure the community
happenings calendar is updated with the latest information we can only go on
what we are given. We certainly don’t have the resources to chase people down to
make sure they have given us the correct information and we can only hope that
when people do choose to make changes that they will let us know in time for
Often this is not the case – either we never hear or it’s too late for print. We
do try our hardest but really it’s only as good as the people who contribute
Was this insane or stupid?
This morning at Chiang Mai Gate, a male vagrant with matted hair wearing
tattered black garments was sauntering across the street. The occupant in the
car nearest the crosswalk must have been irritated at his slowness crossing the
street. The passenger threw an empty soda can at him hitting the lost soul in
the head. I never thought I would see that disgusting behavior in my lovely home
city of Chiang Mai.
I hope my letter will warn people that others are watching when these incidents
directly into the street
Please see two photos taken recently on Nimmanhaemin Soi 17 behind a Korean
style BBQ restaurant. The wastewater from their kitchen flows directly into the
alley and is very smelly, dirty and polluted. Neighbors have complained to the
Municipality about this but so far there has been no action taken.
Given the problem with dengue fever mosquitoes and pollution I hope that the
Municipality will send someone to warn them, perhaps have the Health Department
check their cleanliness too.
Disgusted Thai resident