Will Someone Please Tell Us What This Lemur Is Doing?

Categories: Animals, Say What?

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Marianne Hale/SF Zoo
What are you doing?

Last month we ran some photos of local animals loafing around on a warm day in San Francisco. Most of the animals were in normal animal poses -- sprawled on all fours. But what the hell is up with this lemur?

And that's where you come in.

Please help us cure our curiosity. What is this little primate doing? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.




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rj.warriorpoetess
rj.warriorpoetess

While this lemur is actually warming up before a day of foraging, you could caption this with any number of things. I'd prefer to think that it's giving thanks for surviving a night of peace instead of a night of terror as all the wild lemurs do (you know, the tree snakes, panthers, and other wild predators!).

fallingdownjane
fallingdownjane

"One of the most unusual lemur activities that ring-tailed lemurs participate in is sunbathing. The ring-tailed mob will gather in open areas of the forest and sit in what some call a yoga position facing the sun. They sit with their bellies toward the sun and their arms and legs stretched out to the sides. This position maximizes the exposure of the less densely covered underside to the sun. The temperature in the forest can be cold at night and this is a way to warm up before they forage."

http://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/primates/facts/factsheets/lemurs/ringtailedlemur/default.cfm

Kris Castillo
Kris Castillo

Best part of zoo day was watching the lemurs do this, but on their backs. :)

Kris Castillo
Kris Castillo

Ahhahahah!! Seriously laughed so hard! Poor guys sunbathing since theres hardly sun so close to the beach/zoo!

withak
withak

He is maximizing his surface area for absorbing solar radiation.

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