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Phuket tourist, pop star Rihanna, has posted many photos of her short stay on the island on instagram. One of them has caused her some unwanted attention.
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Rihanna makes a tourist mistake
This is the problemmatic photo that has lead to the arrest of two young Phuket men.
Last week, Pop star Rihanna was acting just like a typical (well maybe not so typical) tourist, enjoying the sights of Phuket and the nearby islands and posting photos on instagram (http://instagram.com/badgalriri).
Then, one of her photos created some unwanted attention. She was shown holding a very cute, but illegal, slow loris that was being used by local touts to rent out as photo props in tourist areas of Phuket.
The slow loris is a protected species and banned from being used commercially. Local wildlife advocates quickly alerted authorities to the picture.
The Phuket News reports that on Saturday night officials raided Patong's Bangla Road where the photos were believed to have been taken.
They arrested two touts, one 20 and another 16, who had two lorises in their possession.
Awat Nithikul, the leader of the patrol officers and Senior Forest Academic at Khao Phra Taew Forest Preserve, told The Phuket News,
"I had an order from the Phuket Governor to do a raid today after Rihanna posted a photo of her with a loris."
The animals will be returned to a national park in Phang Nga, he said.
Meanwhile, Rihanna, who was not arrested by police, has moved on to Singapore. Last night she performed before a huge crowd after the conclusion of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix. Yes, she has posted photos on instagram.
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academic: someone who teaches at a college, or who studies as part of their job - นักวิชาการ
advocate: someone who strongly and publicly supports someone or something - ผู้สนับสนุน
alert: to tell someone in authority about a danger or problem so that they can deal with it - เตือนให้ระวัง
arrest: (of the police) to take someone to a police station because they are believed to have committed a crime - จับกุม
attention: interest, especially interest that the public has in a person, event, situation etc - ความสนใจ
authority: a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
banned: officially not allowed to do something - ถูกห้าม
commercially: for business purposes - สำหรับการค้า
conclusion: the final part of something; the end of something - การจบ, การสิ้นสุดลง
controversial: causing disagreement or disapproval - ซึ่งก่อให้เกิดการโต้แย้ง
Forest Preserve: an area where trees and wildlife are protected from commercial operations - เขตสงวนพันธุ์สัตว์ป่า
illegal: against the law - ผิดกฎหมาย, นอกกฎหมาย
local: in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about - ท้องถิ่น
meanwhile: at the same time - ในเวลาเดียวกัน
patrol: a group of people or vehicles that move around a place in order to prevent trouble or crime - หน่วยลาดตระเวน
possession: having or owning something - การครอบครอง
protected animal: an animal protected by law, making it illegal to to kill or harm the animal -
raid: using force or legal authority to enter a place suddenly in order to arrest people or search for something such as illegal weapons or drugs - การเข้าตรวจค้น
rent out: to allow someone to use something for a period of time in return for money - ให้เช่า
species: a set of animals or plants in which the members have similar characteristics to each other and can breed with each other - พันธ์,จำพวก
tout: a person who tries to persuade someone to buy something, often something that is not legal or proper; a person who buys tickets for concerts, sports events, etc. and then sells them to other people at a higher price ผู้ดึงลูกค้า,ผู้ชักชวนให้ซื้อของ - ผู้ดึงลูกค้า,ผู้ชักชวนให้ซื้อของ
typical: happening in the usual way; showing what something is usually like - ตามแบบฉบับ, ตามปกติ
wildlife: animals, birds, insects, etc. that are wild and live in a natural environment - สัตว์ป่า