Lemur Silly Walk

I found this image online while I was looking for John Cleese images and decided to share it because (to me at least) it looks like the lemur is doing a silly walk :)

Here's the website I found the image on: http://www.freakingnews.com/Lemur-Pics-17693.asp

and if you click on a link that says: "Lemur species is named after John Cleese"

you'll go to an article about John and Lemurs (which I've included below):

Lemur species named after John Cleese
ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) — Most people know him as the Minister for Silly Walks on Monty Python or as Q in James Bond films. But John Cleese will also go down in history for another reason: lemurs.
John Cleese has promoted of the plight of lemurs in the movie Fierce Creatures and documentary Operation Lemur with John Cleese. John Cleese has promoted of the plight of lemurs in the movie Fierce Creatures and documentary Operation Lemur with John Cleese.
By Stephen Shugerman, Getty Images

Researchers from the University of Zurich have named a newly discovered species of lemur — one of the most primitive and endangered primates in the world — after the British comedian in honor of his work with the animal.

The avahi cleesei, which weights less than two pounds and eats leaves, was discovered in Western Madagascar in 1990 by a team led by anthropologist Urs Thalmann and his colleague Thomas Geissman of Zurich University.

The name is a tribute to Cleese's promotion of the plight of lemurs in the movie Fierce Creatures and documentary Operation Lemur with John Cleese, the university said in a statement. A lemur even appears next to Cleese on his website.

The lemur's long legs are the only physical attribute it shares with Cleese, Thalmann told New Scientist magazine. "Woolly lemurs can't really walk — but they do enjoy silly jumps," he said.

Here's the link to the article by the way: http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2005-11-11-cleese-lemur-species_x.htm

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mrsCutout: Hahaha this is so cool! I belive John would be so happy about this! And yes the Lemur is silly walking!Or rather silly jumping!Thanks for shering!

Johnnyrose: Hehehehe! It's the silly walk, allright!

the_thina: haha! thank you. the info was not new to me, but the lemur was a real cutie!

arkennedy at 9:49 pm August 29

You're welcome :) The image was the main reason for this thread.

I figured many if not most of us already knew about the lemur being named after john but I included the article just in case there were people who didn't. Actually I think at one point I posted an article about the species lemur being named after John and I know I'm not the only one who has done so.