Le­mur pops up in traf­fic stop

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SAN­FORD, Fla. — A le­mur sur­prised a Florida High­way Patrol trooper when it crawled from a trailer be­ing pulled by a pickup that had been stopped for driv­ing er­rat­i­cally and hit­ting other cars.

Dash­cam video shows the le­mur peek­ing out of the trailer be­fore hop­ping to the ground and leap­ing around the trooper who was talk­ing to the driver along In­ter­state 4 in San­ford on Satur­day night.

The video shows the trooper do­ing a dou­ble­take as the le­mur runs around and stands on its hind legs.

Twenty-seven-year-old driver Shane Taylor warned troop­ers that the le­mur named Miko “bites.” Taylor was ar­rested on sev­eral charges in­clud­ing DUI.

State wildlife of­fi­cers took cus­tody of the le­mur and other ex­otic an­i­mals in­clud­ing a tor­toise, a goat, a par­rot and a wal­laby. Jail records don’t list a lawyer for Taylor.

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