Stephen Fry

@stephenfry

British Actor, Writer, Lord of Dance, Prince of Swimwear & Blogger - NEVER reads Direct Messages

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Someone tweeted "cute". Hm. Carnivorous, fierce, merciless. Elegant. Lithe. Beautiful. All those. But cute? Not so sure... :)

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It got a little tired of my propinquity and scuttled up this tree and all but poked its tongue out at me ...

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I think you can tell here that he's male. View of his "tomatoes" as Malagasy people call the cojones ... good view of shoulders and hindquarters too

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Like so many creatures in Madagascar, he looks a little as he's been put together from other animals' spare parts ... x

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They go up trees headfirst (naturally) but also down headfirst ... x

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So feline. But not a true cat ... a member of the viverridae order which include civet "cats" ... x

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This male fossa (usually pronounced to rhyme with "pusher") was probably bolder than usual as its mating season. Very rare to get so close. Amazing luck x

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The only venomous snakes in Madagascar can't hurt humans as they have rear incisors. This chap's a constrictor of course x

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Here s/he's gone a bit greener ... actually may not be the same one. But found the next morning nearby. x

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Pronounced 'shiffahk': they walk wonderfully, a sideways bounce with arms in the air and tummies out. Cuddly toys

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OK, not the best photo in the world, but I only had a compact: aye-ayes are nocturnal and live high up x

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Mother and child. Lemurs are rare amongst mammals in having matriarchal societies.

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The father. Males have white fur around the face. Worry, I expect.

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Wonky, but friendly

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Pretty good disguise, eh?

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This is a full grown adult ... perfect in every detail, swivelling eyes, colour change, everything.

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Elephants this side of DRC border safe, other side vulnerable to machine gunning poachers. Turns the stomach, no?

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River is Uganda/DRC border. Spotted snare on this hippo's leg. Hope vet will have removed by now. Poachers. Bah!

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Uninvited guest on the balcony of Paul Williams and Vicky Holt of Bwindi Community Hospital, http://www.BCHC.ug

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Just about to growl a warning to me to back off or become a snack. I elected the former course of action.

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