A Russian satellite full of "sexually active space geckos" lost contact with ground control last week, and Russian space agency Roscosmos feared its mission would be jeopardized, leaving the little lizards to mate in low-earth orbit until they ran out of food. Well, John Oliver is not having it.

On Sunday's episode of Last Week Tonight, Oliver called on his viewers to write the Kremlin and ask Vladimir Putin to do something about Russia's "fuck lizards in space" problem.

"You can't just watch videos of them fucking and toss them aside. They're not Kardashians! They're geckos!" he pleaded.


Oliver's plan worked, and faster than he could have expected. As of Saturday night—before Last Week Tonight even aired—Roscosmos reported it had reconnected with the Foton-M4 satellite.

"The link is established, the prescribed commands have been conducted in accordance with the plan," a chief official confirmed, according to Ars Technica.

Reporting on last week tonight can turn into a problem when something new happens this week yesterday morning. This wouldn't be an issue if there were some sort of "daily show" starring John Oliver.

Nah, that's crazy. It would never work.

[H/T Last Week Tonight]