Mums Mad-ly in love with little lemurs

The Tropical Butterfly House in North Anston, Sheffield has announced the birth of three Ring-tailed Lemurs. This is the first time the park's Lemurs have bred and all three of the babies and mums are reported to be doing very well.
The Tropical Butterfly House in North Anston, Sheffield has announced the birth of three Ring-tailed Lemurs. This is the first time the park's Lemurs have bred and all three of the babies and mums are reported to be doing very well.
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Three cute critters are the latest additions to the animals at a popular South Yorkshire visitor attraction.

The ring-tailed lemurs are the first to be born at the Tropical Butterfly House Wildlife and Falconry Centre, in North Anston, Rotherham – and all three, along with their mums, are said to be doing very well.

The youngsters are just 10cm long when newborn and cling tightly to their mother – but they grow up quickly.

Animal keeper Abigail Carter said: “The first two babies are almost three weeks old now and will start to clamber onto mum’s back to be carried. They will even be able to climb and eat solid food within the next three weeks. “When they are between four and six months old, the babies will stop nursing.

“They are adorable and the mums seem to be happy to show off their youngsters during the walk-through encounters.”

Staff are not yet sure whether the babies are male or female and they have not been named.

The lemurs live in a walk-through enclosure called Lemur Heights, which was officially opened last June.

It was originally home to one male ring-tailed lemur, Julian – named after the lemur king in the Madagascar movie – and nine females, along with three male red-ruffed lemurs.

Andrew Reeve, zoo curator, said: “Wild lemurs are only found on Madagascar and we have a Mad about Madagascar event at Easter.

“Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island. It is home to some of the most unique animals and is considered a biodiversity hotspot.

“Throughout the event, we will be raising money for charities working to protect the range of wonderful animals and plants on the island.”

Mad about Madagascar will take place from Friday to Sunday, April 11-27, from 10am to 5.30pm each day.