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Species of Lemur Named After John Cleese

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  • Poetgrrl
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    Yes! That's the one.

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  • lemec
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    Originally posted by Poetgrrl
    that is so cool! did you see the sequel to Fish Called Wanda? they were in a zoo and i think he did a scene with a lemur? wow, it's been awhile.
    Hello Poetgrrl,

    Do you mean "Fierce Creatures"?

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119115/

    That was such a funny movie, I actually saw it in the theater. :D

    It makes a good family movie.

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  • Poetgrrl
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    that is so cool! did you see the sequel to Fish Called Wanda? they were in a zoo and i think he did a scene with a lemur? wow, it's been awhile.

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  • David Mosley
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    Douglas Adams wrote an article about going to Madagascar to see the near-extinct aye-aye lemur for the Observer magazine in 1985. This commission later spawned Adams' non-fiction book Last Chance to See (with Mark Carwadine), which chronicled their journeys to find other almost extinct species, such as the Komodo Dragon, white rhinoceroses and the Rodrigues fruitbat.

    Not a few people consider LCTS to be his masterpiece, rather than the HHGTTG novels.

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  • Azariel
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    Oh, thats hilarious :lol:

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  • DeeCrowSeer
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    When I was a child, we went on a week-long school trip to London, which included a day at London Zoo. Even at the age of ten I knew that calling a python "Monty" was the lamest thing a keeper could do, but do it they had. :(

    This homage makes far more sense... but how long before the desperate writers at Will & Grace try to get lemurs to cameo as their celebrity guests? It can only be a matter of time...

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  • lemec
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    that's pretty funny.

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  • PsychicWarVeteran
    started a topic Species of Lemur Named After John Cleese

    Species of Lemur Named After John Cleese

    Originally posted by USA Today
    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 [John Cleese] 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.
    SOURCE: http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/...tm?POE=LIFISVA

    More on lemurs here.
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