Sunday, September 16, 2007

Defending Our Lemur Friends

A mom at the zoo, speaking to her young daughter: Look at the monkey, honey!

My two year old: That's NOT a monkey. It's a LEMUR.

Me (looking left and right, hoping he spoke softly enough to avoid detection): Yes, it’s a very nice lemur.

Our little local zoo doesn’t have much in the way of the classics (no giraffes, lions, tigers, or bears), but boy do we have our Madagascar natives down.

This happened a couple of weeks ago, but I thought of it Friday night when we saw the Jonathan Coulton concert. One of his most popular songs is about a mad scientist who is trying to woo an understandably reluctant lady.

I made this half-pony, half-monkey monster to please you
But I get the feeling that you don't like it
What's with all the screaming?
You like monkeys
You like ponies
Maybe you don't like monsters so much

I guess you had to be there, but it was pretty funny. After the song was over, someone tossed a homemade half-pony, half-monkey plush creature onto the stage. I noticed it's ringed tail though, and had to stop myself before I yelled, "That's NOT a monkey, it's a LEMUR!"

Thanks for the education, Q.

Here's a pro picture of a ringtailed lemur - the ringtails at the zoo are behind a mesh enclosure, so I can never get clear photos of them.

P.S. Thanks for all the interest in SwingDaddy's hair. He's on a trans-Pacific flight to Singapore right now, but I'm sure he'll be thrilled to have your input before our next hair styling appointment. :)


mayberry said...

When we went to the zoo last time we overheard one of the volunteers muttering whenever someone said "monkey" instead of "ape." She'd be very proud of Q!

Occidental Girl said...

Oh boy. That is tough! :) Funny.

And so it begins...

Mom101 said...

I love that your kid corrected her. Even though I'd be mortified if I were her.

kittenpie said...

Ah, they teach us so much. Suddenly I know about Groovy Girls and Dora and friends and who knows what else I'll learn along the way.

Mamacita Tina said...

Kids can learn very specific things, they have a natural curiosity for it.

Lady M said...

Mayberry - ha! We sympathize with her.

OG - indeed, so it begins.

Mom101 - I hope she didn't hear him. Her little one was pretty rambunctious, so I think we were safe.

Kittenpie - Groovy Girls - that one is new to me.

Mamacita Tina - no kidding. I had no idea how many types of trucks there were.

Lawyer Mama said...

I would have been mortified too, but "GO Q!"

Damselfly said...

I heart lemurs.