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pole dancing


This slow moving creature is really getting racy – by taking up pole dancing.

Sarah, a three-year-old male slow loris, lives at home in Perm, Russia with owner Irina and his favourite activity is playing on the pole.

He happily spins on the pole and taking part in day-to-day domestic life.


His owner brought him home after a friend originally decided to buy him as a restaurant attraction in 2013.

Irina said: “His name is Sarah because when we got him the breeder said he was a girl and had called him Sarah. We released he was a boy too late to change his name – by that time, ‘Sarah’ had stuck.

“We got Sarah by accident. There are plenty of wild animal traders in Russia, and my friend was opening a Thai restaurant and we decided to buy one for it.

“We thought they were so cute but when we first saw him he was so tiny. He was only three years old and weighed about 100g.

“We understood having him in the restaurant was a bad idea. Such a small animal would not survive without special care in such a crowded place.


“So Kate presented him to me and my husband. In the beginning we made a big enclosure for him and kept him there.

“But when we flew off on holiday we gave him to my parents to look after and, as they did not have a specially equipped enclosure they just put him in a separate room.

“Since then he has lived as a normal pet around the house.

“Pole dancing is his favourite activity.”

Irina admits buying the slow loris was not a great idea in the first place and that living at home with a wild animal can be tough.


However, she maintains she and her husband are happy to look after Sarah as there is no chance he would survive in the wild.

Irina said: “He is too big for his enclosure now but when he wonders around the house he chews everything he sees!

“He eats fruits, vegetables, insects, quail eggs and shrimp. He also loves sweet things such as chocolate.

“Sometimes I know it was a mistake to take him into our home. He is a wild animal after all and can be aggressive. But there is no way he could survive in the wild now and we are responsible for him, so we will continue to take care of him.”