Critically endangered lemur dances and cheekily salutes photographer
A critically endangered lemur has been photographed dancing and saluting the camera.
Varun Aditya, 25, took the heartwarming images of the sifaka lemur n Berenty Reserve, Madagascar.
The white fluffy lemurs have powerful hind legs that allow them to bounce sideways on the ground or jump as far as 10 foot [three metres].
Varun’s images show the lemurs sashaying on their hind legs with arms aloft as one of them even salutes the photographer.
He said: “Lemurs are beautiful animals. Their species is even older than monkeys.
“They walk with their arms wide open. They hop on the trees and walk sideways.
“I took these pictures when they were walking on the ground and one of them looked at me giving the impression it was saluting me.”
The primates are listed as critically endangered as they live on huge neem trees but due to deforestation and changes to their habitats are now forced to come down to the ground in search of food.
And since the animals naturally don’t walk on four limbs, they walk sideways on their hind legs – giving them the appearance they are doing a balancing act.
Varun said the lemurs were gathering neem leaves from the ground when he managed to capture their dancing routine.
He said: “They try their best to not come to the ground.
“They run from trees to trees in search of food.
“But now with threat to their habitat and shortage of food, they come to the ground to pick up fallen fruits and leaves.”