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Lemur Cuddle Pile

You asked for more lemurs (actually you didn’t explicitly), so you are getting more lemurs (this was inevitable)! As you may recall from a few days ago, I went to Jungle Island and met a pack of adorable baby lemurs! And among the many educational tidbits and squee-inducing memories I took away from that experience was that lemurs are big fans of the cuddle time. They also really dig jumping on each other and rolling around until they form a sort of furry bait ball – just a constantly rotating sphere of fluff and lemur feet. And then that breaks down into a cuddle for a few moments before they go jump on some other stuff. And so the cycle continues:

 

playful baby lemurs

Just Coming Up for Air

Cuddle Lap 1

it’s a lapful of lemurs

playing baby lemur

I’m Going to Hug You…Right Now!

They really are a bunch of photogenic prosimians. Even though chances are fairly high I’m going to post more lemur pics, K and I actually encountered a lot of cute animals during our time at Jungle Island, so stay tuned for even more amazing animal photography from Look Out! The Cute!

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Lemurs! Lemurs! Lemurs! I Met Some and We Cuddled

Last weekend K and I decided to celebrate our wedding anniversary in the absolute best possible way, by going to Jungle Island and letting an adorable pack of baby lemurs jump all over us for 25 minutes! Don’t believe such an experience could be even remotely possible???

BOOM!

Just Another Sunday Afternoon in Lemurville

Just Another Sunday Afternoon in Lemurville

Mind blown? Mine still is and I was there. It was just so surreal and amazing to interact with these amazing creatures. They were all under a year old and hand raised at the zoo so they are very socialized and like to be around people. So for the actual Lemur Encounter, they basically they lock you in a room with the enclosure and you just sit there on some comfy pillows – since moving around could accidentally injure the lemur, they jump and roll around very fast.  Then the guide opens the enclosure and lets the lemurs run all over the room (and jump on your head – which was awesome).

While each Lemur Encounter can host up to six guests, no else reserved our time slot so K & I had the whole room to ourselves! Just six amazing lemurs and our very knowledgeable Lemur Guide. And wow, lemurs are super soft, adorably playful and ridiculously cute especially when they are jumping. I think it’s the raised hands – very 1920s movie villain paired with very cat-like behavior. They love tummy rubs and a lot of their adorable lemur antics reminded me of Coco and Tik Tok.

Also, lemurs exist in a matriarchal family structure (down with the patriarchy!) so Madagascar should have had Queen Juliana instead of King Julian – thanks knowledgeable Lemur Guide! We took about 400 photos so stay tuned for the next six months of lemur posts, but to get you excited for the approaching lemur onslaught – here are a few other things I learned during our Lemur Encounter at Jungle Island.

1. Lemurs love laps!

playful lemurs

the Lemur Puppet Master Pulls his strings

baby lemur cuddles

Cuddling with my little lemur friend

cuddly baby lemur

Will Cuddle 4 Hugs

2. Lemurs always look like they are planning some kind of mischief

plotting lemurs

What? I’m just thinking about…butterflies

3. Lemurs have amazingly cute hands and feet that are almost always in the air

lemur hand close up

Look at those cool lemur hands/feet!

4. Lemurs love to nibble on fingers, human hair and shoes

lemur nibbling on shoe

Nom Nom Nom

5. This guy is my new hero

silly lemur waving

How ya doin’?

And if it wasn’t already obvious, this was really one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced (and apparently Jungle Island is the only place in the world that lets you interact with red lemurs). I think K and I will definitely have to find another occasion to celebrate with the lemurs soon. Now I’m hooked.

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Tik Tok Apocalypse does Day of the Dead Halloween Chic

It is almost Halloween! And to celebrate my favorite day of the year I actually decided to buy a Halloween costume for Tik Tok this year and see if she would wear it. For a little back story, Tik Tok loves being under the sheets so I figured she wouldn’t necessarily mind having a costume that mimicked wearing a bed sheet. Luckily, I found this cute little Day of the Dead dress with a tutu and a sugar skull design and since it’s small, soft, made of cotton and is basically worn as a tiny cape – it seemed like a winner. And Tikky definitely wore the dress for a good 5 minutes  until it was abundantly clear she was done playing dress up. Luckily I was able to capture this adorable Halloween moment on film. Happy Hauntings from the Treehouse of Love.

Cute Halloween Cat Costume - Day of the Dead

Tik Tok ready to go Trick or Treating for Cat Nip

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Swimming with Sea Turtles in Maui

Hey There! I just got back from a super fantastic vacation in Maui and it was a treasure trove of adorable animal encounters. K and I spent a lot of time snorkeling and hit some really great spots including Molokini (a volcanic crater) and Coral Gardens, which is where I spotted a super cute green sea turtle! It was pretty amazing, and even living in South Florida near where lots of sea turtles lay their eggs, it was still such an incredible thrill to be in the water with one.

It should go without saying, but if you do ever encounter a sea turtle or other underwater creature, just let it do its thing, don’t try to touch it or ride it or hug it (tempting as it may be). These are special creatures and they just need to hang out without people being all weird on them. And even at a non-threatening distance I was still able to get some pretty cool pictures with my new underwater camera (the colors aren’t super bright because I was zooming in from that safe distance I was referring to).

sea turtle encounter Maui

sea turtle friend swimming in Coral Gardens, Maui

Sea Turtle swimming at Coral Gardens, Maui

check out those flippers!

sea turtle maui, hawaii

swimming through the coral

Stay tuned for even more fun fish photos from Maui coming soon.

 

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Sloth & Cat are BFFs, Make a Snuggle Video for the Ages

Let’s just be honest for a moment. It’s been a tough week. With the recent tragedies in Boston and now West, Texas, I think we can all use something cute to get our heads and hearts into a brighter space. And what better way is there than watching this adorable sloth and her best kitten friend (Daisy) have a snuggle session? So take a deep breath, prepare to get your smile on and know that there are still so many wonderful things in this crazy world of ours.

This post is dedicated to my dear friend Tricia Woolfenden-Boot and her amazing family – and all the hugs to come.

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A Lovely Leafy Sea Dragon

Is there anything quite so surreal and dreamy as a leafy sea dragon? There are a lot of under the sea creatures that can be accurately described as cute or beautiful or graceful, but there is a truly exquisite artistic quality to the anatomy of leafy sea dragons that just confounds the imagination. Like it  shouldn’t be real, but isn’t the world just so much better because it is? And while I have been lucky enough to see these mesmerizing sea creatures in person before, this is by far the largest leafy sea dragon I’ve ever seen close up. I mean, how can you look at this guy and not audibly gasp? Nature is wonderous.

Yellow Leafy Sea Dragon

Photo taken at the Florida Aquarium. Check out my other Florida Aquarium adventures.

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A Stately Otter

Who doesn’t love an otter? They are adorable and rascally and exuberant all at the same time. We’ve definitely had a few wonderful otter posts in the past, and again and yet again. So in the fine tradition of Look Out! The Cute! Otter adoration, here is the latest installment in our ongoing collection of otter family portraits, a superbly stately otter who resides at the Florida Aquarium. All he needs is a monocle and a shelf of library books and this guy is ready to introduce the newest episode of Masterpiece Theater.

Fancy Otter at Florida Aquarium

On Tonight’s Episode of Downton Abbey…Lady Mary Runs Away with an Amphibian!

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