Rihanna Poses With Rare Critter, Arrests Ensue

Thai cops arrest 2 after she posts pic with slow loris on Instagram

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 22, 2013 8:13 AM CDT

(Newser) – Rihanna has been busily posting photos to Instagram, so predictably arrests have been made. The brouhaha this time arose after the pop star, whilst vacationing on the Thai island of Phuket, uploaded a pic of herself and a cute little critter: A cute little critter called the slow loris that is a protected species. And being that this is Rihanna's vacation photo, it garnered 200,000 likes and the attention of local cops, who "arrested the two individuals who brought out the loris as a photo opportunity for tourists," a Phuket district chief tells the AP today. Cops confiscated two lorises from the two males, ages 16 and 20; they've been charged with possession of protected animals, and could face up to four years in prison and $1,300 in fines.

"It's like a cat-and-mouse game. 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," says the Phuket chief. Rihanna, meanwhile, posted some more photos of herself with elephants (captioned "They all hail Empress when She walk by."), and has left the country.

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 10, 2013 file photo, singer-songwriter Rihanna performs at Le Sporting in Monaco during her “Diamonds World Tour” to Europe. Rihanna has left behind a trail of racy tweets and an incriminating Instagram photograph from a Thailand trip that led police to arrest two men...
FILE - In this Wednesday, July 10, 2013 file photo, singer-songwriter Rihanna performs at "Le Sporting" in Monaco during her “Diamonds World Tour” to Europe. Rihanna has left behind a trail of racy tweets...   (Lionel Cironneau)
Rihanna arrives to launch her new autumn/winter 2013 collection with River Island, at a central London venue, Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2013.
Rihanna arrives to launch her new autumn/winter 2013 collection with River Island, at a central London venue, Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2013.   (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
Rihanna performs on stage during her concert in Zurich, Switzerland, Saturday, June 29, 2013.
Rihanna performs on stage during her concert in Zurich, Switzerland, Saturday, June 29, 2013.   (AP Photo/Keystone,Walter Bieri)
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