Lemur Escapes Zoo Exhibit, Finds Comfy Resting Spot on Baby's Head
byKaitlin StanfordJul 15, 2014
Walk into most zoos, and you and your kids will probably be staring at the animals from relatively far away — through cage bars, fences or even plate glass. But the scene at Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Goddard, Kansas? Well, that's a "wildly different experience," according to its website.
And, boy, is that accurate.
Tanganyika lets park visitors walk right up to many of its animals, where they can pet them up close and feed them out of the palm of their hands. It gives the animals more freedom and the guests far more of an experience, creating a whole "one with nature" kind of vibe. But this week, it seems a tiny lemur decided to take those rather loose park rules to his advantage — and make a break for it. He was busting outta there, and his one-way ticket was an infant's car seat, parked just within feet of his exhibit.
When no one was looking, the lemur crawled right up to the car seat and climbed atop the tiny creature sleeping inside of it. Presumably, no one would spot him, and he would be carried right on out of the park, on his way to the great unknown.
It was a glorious, glorious plan ... other than the fact that he was immediately spotted.
As mom Angie Widener later told HuffPost, strollers aren't allowed within the exhibit, but car seats are; so as she brought her three kids in that day, she set the car seat down next to her — nine-month-old daughter Finley sleeping soundly inside — while she and her two older kids got a closer look at the animals.
But just moments later, the mom of three was interrupted by a fellow park visitor, who comically announced, "Ma'am, there's a lemur on your baby."
When Angie spun around, she saw this mischievous little guy staring back at her:
"I was shocked," she told HuffPost, "but the zookeeper assured me she was safe, so my two older daughters and I got a few laughs and we snapped some pictures."
The lemur did try to hide behind some nearby baby toys; but it was too late — he'd been found out.
But instead of fleeing, he decided to make himself nice cozy until his inevitable removal. After all, that baby was incredibly comfy.
If you're wondering whether or not baby Finley woke up during the whole lemur-on-her-head thing, it appears she did not. That kid is one deep sleeper.