Have you seen Madagascar? LOL. Yesterday, while waiting for sungkai, I watched the it again for the 100th time on HBO. Haha, now THAT is a really funny movie/cartoon/animated film. If you haven’t seen it (gasp!), then I insist insist that you get yourself a copy of the DVD and watch it at least 35 times!
Anyway, in the film, remember King Julian and his subjects? The cute, furry things that relied on Alex to scare away the Fossa? Hihi. I have just realised that they’re actually lemurs, and are for a fact that quite high in the list of endangered species.
This reminds me. I actually had an encounter with a lemur-like animal few weeks ago (well,
at least I think it’s a lemur it was actually a slow loris, but it does resemble the lemur). It was a cute little thing, obviously very scared, but it has the biggest eyes on an animal I have ever seen.
It does look like a lemur though
We found it in UBD (which as most of you know is surrounded by a wealth of rainforest) somehow stuck inside my (now ex) art lecturer’s engine (or something like that, basically the poor thing couldn’t get away). My lecturer didn’t want to just let it go at the parking lot itself since it will be most likely to get stuck again, or worse it’ll run in panic to the middle of the road and get hit. Also, my lecturer was already very late for class anyway. So, hastefully, he put the lemur in a Sehat box, carved breathing holes, and left it with an apple so that he could release it to the wild later.
He showed it to a few of us, and obviously I took pictures. The poor thing was terrified of so many people looking at it, but it was very attracted (or curious) to the red light that my camera gives off when it’s about to shoot. So that’s why it’s looking straight at me in the picture above.
After class, my art lecturer drove up to the hill behind the UBD Library (I think) and released it there. The
lemur kukang ran and ran and ran and ran. Hehe. Cute thing. I hope it’s doing fine now. Procreate! Save your species!
Anyway, so I did a little research and apparently it’s called a kukang here.
Oh and they are also smart, and they have opposable thumbs! Ahhh, anyway, they are thought to only be naturally found on the island of Madagascar, and the surrounding islands. Hmmmm, but then what are they doing here ya?
Whatever lah, I don’t mind them kukangs. They’re cute, if I wasn’t afraid of rabies or something, I’d probably scooped it up from the box and koocheekoocheekooed and hugged it till its entrails came out of its nose! But I didn’t, plus they’re
endangered just small little animals. So we must protect them.
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Awwww, so I was wrong. The animal featured in the photo above is NOT an endangered lemur, but a more commonly found slow loris (nyticebus coucang). So though I was correct with the Malay name of kukang, I was wrong with the English name. Hehe. Thanks to the resident biologist, Amie, for the information!
Here are more pictures by the way. 🙂 Click to view larger.