Wednesday, June 18, 2014

silas the lemur

Yesterday I cuddled with a real live lemur.

It was probably one of the best things that has ever happened to me.

The lemur's name was Silas. This picture isn't Silas, it's whatever I found on Wikipedia, but it looks just like him. Only Silas was only about six months old, so he was smaller and more adorable. Don't worry, I have plenty of pictures of Silas and I's just that they're extremely blurry because LEMURS ARE EXTREMELY SPASTIC AND FAST.

It was Staff Fun Day at work. You may recall that back in March, we did some amazing pottery for SFD. This month we brought in a zoo. It's one of those hands on traveling zoo programs that normally visit elementary schools and summer camps...but one of the bosses here was absolutely dying to bring them in for us. I was skeptical at first. I was proven wrong.

I CUDDLED WITH A LEMUR. That's enough to change any stoic's heart.

There were lots of other animals, too- a baby kangaroo!! A spotted Asian baby deer! Some weird large rodenty thing! A (tiny) alligator! A constrictor! All of those things I also petted, although I did not cuddle with them. There was also some butt-ugly horn-beaked tropical bird thing that looked like a dead vulture. It was not cute and I backed up about twenty feet when it was 'petting time' because oh hell no I am not insane. That thing had CRAZY ATTACK BIRD written all over it.

Anyways. Then there was Silas the Lemur. Arguably the greatest animal on earth. I actually have been feeling really guilty ever since meeting Silas...doubting my devotion to my previous Favorite Animals (manatees and Lola, of course). But seriously. LOOK HOW CUTE HE IS!!!!

He was maybe the size of a smallish house cat. He was softer than those velvety blankets you give babies. He was as hyper and spastic as a two-year-old who drank a liter of Mountain Dew. He crawled all over me, tickling me with his tiny little monkey hands- they have fingernails, not claws, and they're short (like human nails...well, humans who keep their nails short), so they don't scratch you when they crawl on you. And their paws (hands/feet?) are really soft, too, like they have butter leather gloves on or something? It's really bizarre. I expected the paws to feel more like those of a declawed cat or something (kind of scratchy due to the pads?)...but it really felt like itty bitty leather gloved human hands. Totally crazy.

Silas perched on my shoulder and nibbled on my ear and earrings for a minute. It didn't hurt, but as you can see from the blurry was just SO precious and hilarious, I was squirming around like a crazy person.

Silas's keeper kept him on a leash because he is REALLY fast and a REALLY good climber/jumper...he kept eyeing the shiny chandeliers in the room we were in. It's safe to guess that if he hadn't stayed leashed, we may have spent the rest of our Fun Day trying to capture him from the chandeliers. Which would have been fun...but not as fun as having him jump all over us.

So in conclusion, if you ever have the opportunity to cuddle with a lemur, DO IT. I'd go so far as to say you should try to make an opportunity to cuddle with one. Let it be your new life goal. It's kind of like a cross between a monkey, kitten, puppy, panda, and toddler human. In other words, the best thing ever.

PS. Requisite HP Status Update: I'm currently about halfway through Goblet of Fire (Book 4) and it is SO good!! The Quidditch World Cup was one of my favorite scenes/stories so far, particularly all the parts about interactions with Muggles, the anti-Muggle security systems, trying to camp with no magic, and all that. SO funny!


  1. Your work is crazy awesome... Fun day at work sounds incredible... plus you're wearing running shorts and tennis shoes. I'm jealous! I mean, it's not like I'm uncomfortable today or anything... I'm wearing a jersey cotton maxi dress, so essentially pajamas in the form of a dress, but still, I'm jealous!

    Also, YAY HP... I knew you'd love them! Just wait, this book is when things start to turn from happy, little boy Harry to man up, it's a dark, scary world Harry.. essentially it's about to get GOOD!

  2. I want to cry right now - I love lemurs!!! I've sent a link to this blog post to the folks at my church asking for this staff fun day. Fingers crossed, I may be calling you soon to get the number for the lemur.

  3. Awwww! Silas is adorable! You should have put him in your bag and brought him home. Lola needs a brother!

  4. That was your day at work yesterday?! I don't think I've ever even heard of a lemur before!!!

  5. AHH!! That sounds like the best day at work EVER! Too fun! I'm so glad you're enjoying HP. Woohoo!

  6. Best day at work ever - love those pictures!!!

  7. I've heard of lemurs but never really paid attention to them before - SALIS IS ADORABLE! That sounds like the best cuddle session! And I need to talk to my boss about this staff fun day thing....!

  8. Your boss = AMAZING! I am on the A&E committee at school and I am all about any assembly that brings in animals. However, next year we booked The Birds of Prey assembly - which I am guessing you would NOT enjoy.

    Anyway my 2 1/2 year old and I JUST watched this episode of Dirty Jobs ( the other night, so when I saw the title of your post... I was like OH NO you got attacked by a lemur... I am SO glad Silas was a better ambassador of Madagascarian love.

  9. Lemur vs. manatee - you can only save one! Which one do you save? Go!!!

  10. How fun is that??? Whoever took your pictures did a great job of capturing the moment :) They should bring lemurs in more often, you know, kind of as service animal for stress relief or general merriment.

    And kudos to your work for making events that are actually fun for the employees. A couple years ago our higher-ups had a great idea to schedule a division picnic...except they scheduled it from 11-2...which meant after spending glorious time in the sun and away from our cube farm, we had to return to work for the rest of the day. On a Friday. Lame.

  11. How can I get a job at your work? That sounds like the best day ever. And it happened at work. Those two concepts seem impossible to reconcile.

  12. I'm jealous of your job. At my job today I asked multiple children to stop throwing rocks at others' faces, pretended to have a bubble in my cheeks for about 5 hours, and sat in a mini chair while eating lunch surrounded by 4 year olds. I love teaching, but summer school isn't as fun as advertised... just sayin'.

  13. I need to work where you work! The most exciting thing we ever did was a lame BBQ. I just blogged about wanting to be a lemur when I grow up...LOL.

  14. Your work place is the crazy awesome! Who invites a zoo in for a fun day??? Um not my place of work LOL. :)

  15. I need to tell me where you work, what you do, and why your employer seems to love their employees so much!


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