Lemurs — they’re cute, but they’re probably best kept in the wild. If you don’t believe us, just check out this video of a BBC reporter getting mobbed by lemurs. Part of us envies him, but we also hope he didn’t get bruised up too badly. (Most lemurs are around five pounds, so when they jump all over you, they may leave a mark. Also, as you’ll see, they bite.)
Surely Alex Dunlop will never forget the moment. He was reporting from the Banham Zoo in Norfolk, U.K., when it all went down. A few sites are already creating supercuts of the best lemur moments, many of which include Dunlop managing to balance a lemur on each shoulder.
While you’re bound to find a few in zoos, lemurs are native to Madagascar. Wild Madagascar lists them as being endangered, mostly due to deforestation. They’ve also pointed out that the only reason they’ve managed to survive is due to the fact that they were mostly isolated. The site notes that they’re vocal, social creatures. There’s a good chance that Dunlop would be able to back that fact up after his encounter.
Even though he gets bitten at times, he managed to keep his sense of humor about the situation. We can’t even imagine what it’d be like to be covered in lemurs.
We’ve watched this video a few times already. It just gets better and better.
“I think this is one of the more enjoyable parts of the job,” Dunlop says at one point. “Counting lemurs.”
The BBC also made a short video that includes text, along with some good humor.
We have a feeling that Dunlop’s coworkers got a big kick out of this.