Hanging Out with some Furry Friends


We recently made the trip over towards the east coast of Florida to shoot a couple outdoors segments at an exotic wildlife ranch about 30 minutes outside of downtown Orlando. The main draw that brought us here to shoot some segments for TV was definitely the slow-moving sloths. I had only previously been up close to a small baby sloth at a different wildlife park so this was the first time I was lucky enough to have some face time with a full grown adult sloth.

After some fun with the sloth, we ventured around the rest of the park to get some b-roll footage of all the other animals to use in a montage for the sloth segment. When I stepped into one of the enclosures to get some video of their muntjac deer, I quickly realized I had gained an assistant...I'm just not sure what I'll use to pay him for his time!

This big male red ruffed lemur thought I would make a nice perch for him so he jumped on my back when I bent over to get a low shot of the tiny muntjack. Lemurs like to perch on the highest point possible and I guess that was me while I was in there. The red ruffeds tend to be a bit more aggressive than the smaller ring-tail lemurs but this dude seemed pretty chill. I'm just glad he didn't relieve himself on my back!
original photos captured with Samsung Galaxy S7- ©2018

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That second shot of the sloth cracked me up. Thank for the laughs. So boring in the office today; wish I could be hanging out with some furry friends outdoors, haha.

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my pleasure, they are funny looking little creatures!

Watch out, there's a sloth on your back! But they are super cute, aren't they?

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many thanks @viking-ventures!

Really like that sloth portrait! In Spanish, they're called perezosos, which means lazy. That lemur has one heck of a long tail!

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Lazy would be the perfect description of them!

First thing I thought when I saw the lemur on your back was "I hope he didn't piss on him." Glad to hear he didn't.

Although it would have been funnier if he did. 😎

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I'm certainly glad he didn't. However, I have been peed on by a baby bobcat and spit on by a chimp. At least I haven't been pooed on yet!

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