Ring-Tailed Lemur Twins Starting to Venture Off of Mom

The ring-tailed lemur twins born on March 25th are growing up fast, and are even starting to get off mama and play with each other.

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Play is a rehearsal for what they need to do in their adult life, so wrestling is for learning combat skills and running around after each other is good practice for avoiding predators. They still run back to mom after all that activity, however, and climb up on her back. Or, one will take the “jockey” position and the other will cling to her belly for nursing privileges.

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Their two older brothers Howie and Finnegan are delighted with their new, tiny siblings, and occasionally try to run off with them when they do venture off. Mother Cairrean has an opinion about that, and chases them down and cuffs their ears as discipline for stealing her newest charges, before abruptly taking them back.

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The twins still spend a lot of time perched on mama’s back, surveying the world from the safety of her fur. They startle at grackles, seem astounded at the Madagascar big-headed turtles when they move, and look to the protection of their mother when a Life Flight helicopter flies over their exhibit. Everything is new and interesting right now and they still have a lot to learn!

Check out this video and see if you can spot both babies. It’s not easy…



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