“Um, ma’am. There’s a lemur on your baby.”
Not exactly the type of thing a mom of three wants or expects to hear during a trip to the zoo. Or, let’s face it, anytime. But those are the exact words heard by Kansas mom Angie Widener when she took her nine-week old baby along to the Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Goddard, Kansas, recently.
Widener had her two older daughters with her as well. The wildlife park advertises that you may come face-to-face with a giraffe, but it doesn’t say anything about lemurs. The two older kids wanted to feed the lemurs, so the family went into the lemur sanctuary.
Strollers aren’t allowed in there, so Angie carried baby Finley in a car seat. She set the sleeping baby down for just the briefest moment, to keep an eye on the older ones, when she heard the passer-by utter that unexpected sentence.
She turned around and saw — this…
“I was shocked, but the zookeeper assured me she was safe, so my two older daughters and I got a few laughs and we snapped some pictures,” Widener said. And now, perhaps not surprisingly, those photos have gone viral.
What’s most amazing is that little Finley just snoozed away, even as the lemur — itself one of the world’s cutest animals — played on her head, with one of the baby’s own rattles.
Not in the face!
But still, the baby didn’t wake up. Every mother’s dream.
The peaceful baby, that is. Not so much the lemur.
[Images: Angie Widener]