Rihanna’s Instagram Pic Leads to 2 Men’s Arrest

By ABC News

Sep 23, 2013 10:05am

Rihanna spent the weekend documenting her stop in Thailand for her “Diamonds World Tour” to her more than 30 million followers on Twitter and Instagram and one of those photos has led to two men’s arrest.

The singer, 25, posted an Instagram photo of herself  Friday with an animal over her shoulder, along with the caption, “Look who was talkin dirty to me! #Thailand #nightlife.”

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The animal Rihanna posed with is not just any animal but a slow loris, a rare, squirrel-like primate that is listed as a protected species in Thailand.  The animals, native to Southeast Asia, are known for being brought out as props for tourist photos.

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Rihanna’s photo, which quickly got more than 200,000 “likes” online, also caught the attention of Phuket police officials who arrested the two men they say provided the animal as a photo prop.

“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,” Phuket district chief Weera Kerdsirimongkon told The Associated Press Sunday.

The two suspects – a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy – could face charges of possession of protected animals, which carries a penalty of up to four years in prison and a 40,000 baht (about $1,300) fine, The Associated Press reports.

Representatives for Rihanna did not reply to a request for comment from ABC News.

The singer had a special guest at one of her shows in Singapore, singer Justin Bieber, who has had his own troubles with primates.

Bieber, 19, had his beloved pet capuchin monkey, Mally, seized by German customs authorities in March after he landed in Munich while on tour and could not produce the required paperwork needed for the animal. After Bieber missed the May deadline to provide the correct documentation, Mally officially became German property.

Bieber tweeted to Rihanna Sunday, “Watched my girl @rihanna kill it last night in Singapore. Tomorrow it is my turn. #BELIEVETOUR.”

Rihanna’s “Diamonds” tour is now heading to Australia and New Zealand.

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