September 22, 2013


Rihanna's Instagram Pic With Endangered Primate Leads to Arrests


Rihanna is no newbie to making headlines via her Instagram account, but for the first time, her pics have led to legal action.

The "Stay" singer hit up the beaches of Thailand this weekend and chronicled her every move on social media, obvs.

But it was a random tweet linking to an Instagram with a Slow Loris—an obscenely cute but endangered primate—on the island of Phuket, that garnered the popstar the most publicity.

According to the AP, not long after the tweet, authorities were on the case.

"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," Weera Kerdsirimongkon, a district chief for Phuket, said.

Police were able to locate two suspects—a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy—and recover two lorises. 

The pair potentially face charges of possession of protected animals—penalties include up to four years in prison and a 40,000 baht ($1300) fine.

Weera also told the AP that vendors using wildlife for paid pictures has become an increasing issue in Thailand and tracking down offenders is typically a difficult task.

"It's like a cat-and-mouse game," he said.

"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."

Word to Rihanna for inadvertently helping to capture the badguys; maybe now she can lend a hand to BFF Katy Perry and her exotic animal woes?