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Getting to Know the Lemurs of Madagascar

Guest post written by Edward Covello

I always wanted to travel to Madagascar, land of the unusual. It was one of my travel and photography dreams. The reptiles and mammals there are unlike any others found on this planet.

At the top of my list was the lemur, a small primate believed to be descended from the ancestors of monkeys.


There are about 50 types of lemurs in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. They range from the tiny pygmy mouse lemur weighing an ounce and living in the knotholes of trees, to 15-pounders about the size of a large house cat.

Lemurs have special gifts, such as the ability to leap up to 25 feet through the forest canopies in which they live. They are perhaps the prime animal attraction of the country.

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Kaya and the Remote Control


Original story by Barry Tavlin

Kaya is a unique dog. Read on, and you’ll see why.

From her youngest days, she would surprise us with her behavior. For example, she wouldn’t just sleep on the bed. She’d get under the blankets and lay her head on the pillow. And she would act like it was her right to do so.

One day I was resting in the hammock on the back porch when I heard the noise of the television. There was no one else at home, so it caused some interest and concern. I went inside, and there was Kaya on the couch watching  TV. That’s right! I guessed that when she got up on the couch, she hit the correct button on the remote control. Kaya wasn’t allowed on the couch, and besides, she had terrible taste in the channel she was watching.

Kaya still sleeps on the bed, but she watches TV from the floor. And I decide when the TV is turned on and what channels we watch!

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