Thursday, November 10, 2005

Lemur named for Monty Python's John Cleese

Monty Python star John Cleese has had a newly discovered species of lemur named after him.

The small woolly Avahi cleesei lives on leaves in a remote part of Madagascar.

The name is a tribute to 66-year-old Cleese's conservation work, including a documentary about the plight of endangered woolly lemurs.

Its long legs are the only physical similarity to the actor, famous for his Silly Walks sketch.

Urs Thalmann, of the University of Zurich, in Switzerland, who discovered the species, joked: "Woolly lemurs can't really walk, but they do enjoy silly jumps."

Mr Thalmann speaking to New Scientist magazine, added: "I though surely he must be a lemur fancier."


Story here.

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