So why don't you just..... get a lemur?
|Calvin and Maggie Lion resting for a bit|
|Wic Tigger just hanging out|
One story our guide told us on yesterday's trip revolved around a Ring Tailed Lemur named Jeremiah. The Conservator's Center never meant to house primates like Lemurs. However, a couple who couldn't have children decided the next best thing would be to have a lemur. Eventually, the lemur acted like the wild animal it is and became aggressive toward one of the owners. The owners looked for a home and the Conservator's Center agreed to take him in. He now has a companion named Cookie and is very happy. But, his beginnings could have been disastrous.
|Jeremiah Lemur with his companion, Cookie|
The mention of adopting an exotic animal as "replacement" for having children brought me back to the words people use to try to comfort me as an infertile: "just adopt," "just have IVF," "just buy a house," "just relax," or "just stop trying." I've heard most of these at some point and some of them repeatedly. However, I'm wondering if the next stage will include "just get a lemur." Or, perhaps, when people tell us to do one of the "just" things they so kindly suggest, perhaps Jeremy and I should tell them we plan to "just" get a lemur. In all honesty, getting a lemur would help my infertility precisely as much as the other solutions.
|Arthur Tiger and Kira Lioness waiting for treats.|
In all honesty, I never plan to get a lemur. It's a wild animal and I couldn't provide for it the life it would need. And, I don't want any primates, besides the people kind, in my house. I've been a hard sell on getting a cat or a second dog. There's no way I could commit to an exotic animal. But, the look on folks face when I tell them that is my plan for infertility failure could truly be priceless.