Rihanna has caused an uproar in Thailand after posting the picture above of herself holding a loris.
The 25-year-old tweeted the picture Friday night following a trip to Phuket, Thailand. “Look who was talkin dirty to me!” she wrote.
Local police didn’t find it too funny. The following morning, police raided the popular Bangla Road area to crack down on people peddling pictures with the endangered primates.
A 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy were detained by police and could face charges of possession of protected animals. They face up to four years in prison and a $1,3000 fine.
“I had an order from the Phuket Governor to do a raid today after Rihanna posted a photo of her with the loris,” Awat Nithikil, of Khao Phra Taew Forest Preserve, told Phuket News.
“It is very difficult to do the raids because the touts have spies. If someone hears police are coming their way, there will be a person who tells them to move,” he added.
Nithikil said it was important to send out a message after the Barbadian pop star posted the picture.
“It’s like a cat-and-mouse game,” Phuket District Chief Weera Kerdsirimongkon to The Associated Press.
“But this time it’s bigger because a celebrity like Rihanna posted the picture, and there were more than 200,000 likes from around the world,” he added.
The slow loris — a squirrel-like animal with enormous eyes — is native to Southeast Asia.
Rihanna stirring up trouble everywhere she goes!