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Thanks for the lift mum.

THE pitter-patter of very tiny feet can almost be heard with the arrival of five baby ring-tailed lemurs at West Midland Safari Park The West Midland Safari and Leisure Park (WMSP) is a safari park located on the A456 between Kidderminster and Bewdley in Worcestershire, England, opened in 1973.

The park has a four-mile drive round Safari, with many species of animals from all over the world in mixed and
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They range from one to three weeks old and are now big enough to be seen hitching a lift with mum in the recently-opened Walking with Lemurs exhibit.

The exhibit is the largest lemur lemur (lē`mər), name for prosimians, or lower primates, of two related families, found only on Madagascar and adjacent islands. Lemurs have monkeylike bodies and limbs, and most have bushy tails about as long as the body.  walk-through in the UK and is home to 20 ring-tailed lemurs, three white-fronted brown lemurs and three red-bellied lemurs, which are native to Madagascar.

Bob Lawrence, the park's director of wildlife, said: "The lemurs have become one of the favourite animals at the Park.

"They are totally fascinating and often display some of the most unusual behaviour.

"The way they care for their young is quite captivating cap·ti·vate  
tr.v. cap·ti·vat·ed, cap·ti·vat·ing, cap·ti·vates
1. To attract and hold by charm, beauty, or excellence. See Synonyms at charm.

2. Archaic To capture.
, too.

"A new baby in the troop is often the cause of great excitement among the other females."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 1, 2012
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