After getting a hold of the photo, Phuket authorities were immediately alerted because of the slow loris’ protected species status and NBC News reports that the two men (once identified) were arrested.
“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 ($1,300) fine.
The songstress was also in Thailand to promote her new cosmetics line and to take a break from her Diamonds World Tour.