It was night in Madagascar. The leaves on the trees quietly rustled in the warm breeze. This was the New York of animal kingdom since it was never fully asleep. As it was the abode of many nocturnal creatures, a certain zoologist lived there for his research. He was drawn in by the weird animals that inhabited the abyss of the night and lurked in the darkness. He was laying on the warm ground, pressing his face to his dark-vision binoculars, and making final adjustments to his specialized camera. If he could just get the perfect angle…
This place was creepy. Imagine being enveloped by darkness and the sounds that originate from everywhere and nowhere at the same time, all because they are around you. The rustling of leaves adds to the mood by resembling soft, ghostly whispers. Sometimes, flashes of green, red, or yellow light scurries past. These are the eyes of nocturnal creatures. You can never feel safe in a forest like this. In fact, in any forest. However unsettling these sounds may be, the zoologist disregarded them, for he was a scientist, a rational mind.
As the zoologist was scanning the scene in front of him, a pair of yellow eyes lit up somewhere among the treetops. This caught the scientist’s attention and he began to carefully observe the creature. It was a lemur. The animal sniffed the air and decided to get off the tree. It cautiously studied the human hiding in the bushes. Animals here rarely see people, so they are not afraid. The creature, sensing no danger, slowly approached the man’s hiding spot in small increments. Finally, curiosity took the better of it, and it came up close to the zoologist. In turn, the man tried to be as motionless as possible, examining the brave lemur with fascination. Animals do approach him, but it is always a remarkable experience. The lemur’s big eyes were almost hypnotizing to look into. The man took his binoculars away from his eyes and looked at the creature. It was so close to him! He sighed, “well, hello there.” The lemur’s curiosity only increased at the sound of the human’s voice, so it stretched its neck further to get a better look at the stranger.
“What marvelous eyes!” exclaimed the scientist, adjusting the angle of his camera to capture the animal. “Lemurs…hmm…glorious creatures! Hey there,” murmured the man, recording this occurrence on his camera, especially zooming in on the animal’s eyes. “There is definitely something otherworldly about lemurs! I see why Carl Linnaeus called them ‘lemurs’ in his catalog of the Museum of King Adolf Frederick of Sweden in 1795, I believe. ‘Lemur,’ for your information, dear friend,” said the zoologist, addressing the creature, “was what the Romans called malevolent spirits of the dead.” The lemur blinked as if interested in what the human was saying. “Linnaeus said that he called lemurs ‘lemurs’ because of their nocturnal life, roaming about slowly, like ghosts. And also, there are the huge, bright, and a little creepy, eyes of yours,” continued the man, speaking to the animal again.
The eyes just kept staring at him blankly. The lemur sniffed the air, sat up, and jumped onto a tree. It probably smelled something edible. The scientist turned his head sharply, to follow the creature. The sudden nature of that move accidentally scared the lemur, breaking that silent and mutually observational connection the human and the creature had. Then, the animal was quickly gone, and the night returned to normal. The scientist sighed and began readjusting his camera again, hoping to record more ghostly creatures of the Madagascar night.