SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - A lemur surprised a Florida Highway Patrol trooper when it crawled from a trailer being pulled by a pickup truck 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.
That lemur and other animals are now recovering after being tossed around during transport.
"We’ve washed the blood several times. We had to medicate and it’s all torn up."
A gentle goat gets some "TLC" from Christin Burford at the CARE Foundation. Troopers said she was banged up with the other animals during the wild ride on State Road 417 last weekend.
In the dashcam video, you can see sparks flying from behind trailer, because tires were missing.
Shane Taylor, 27, is charged with DUI after crashing into three different cars while hauling the animals.
If you look at the lower right corner of the screen, there’s a lemur hopping around the highway. Luckily, troopers were able to catch him.
"When I saw the footage, I’m like, 'How that lemur didn’t get hit!' I’m just glad they made it here. I’m glad they’re all right," Burford said.
That little lemur full of energy now.
"The little lemur had punctured her lip."
A wallaby was also cut during the crash.
"He’s missing a chunk of fur under his neck. And he had a lot of bleeding coming from his arm," Burford added. "We have two rabbits, a goat, a wallaby, a lemur, a bird and a tortoise.
I can’t believe it wasn’t worse. I really can’t. It could have been a lot worse."
Burford said she wants the animals to stay at CARE, and in fact, she said she intends to fight to keep them at the Apopka facility.
"Nobody knows exactly who owns the animals, if they have the proper licensing. It’s all up in the air."
As a battle over the animals brews, she said some of them showed signs of neglect.
"They’re very resilient, eating like crazy. They actually let us handle them, so we can medicate them."