Baby Lemur Being Hand-raised

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An 11-day-old female ring-tailed lemur, an endangered species, is currently being cared for around the clock by animal care staff in the San Diego Zoo’s neonatal assisted care facility. The tiny baby was born on May 20, and on May 24 animal care staff noticed the baby appeared weak and they were concerned that the baby may not be receiving proper nutrition. They determined it would be best for the baby to be moved to the Zoo’s nursery where she could be cared for. She is currently being bottle-fed every two hours.

Lemurs are native to Madagascar, an island off the southeast coast of Africa. There are numerous species of lemurs, with ring-tailed lemurs among the most populous and easily recognized with their long nose, big eyes, wooly fur and long, black-and-white-ringed tail. Ring-tailed lemurs are mostly active during the day, unlike other lemurs; and they spend more time on the ground than in trees. They are omnivores, eating primarily fruits, leaves, flowers, herbs, bark and sap.

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