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A good dousing down at the zoo.

WHO ARE YOU LOOKING AT? Shocked looking residents are cleaned up at Dudley Zoological Gardens KEEPERS at a Midlands zoo doused their lemurs in talcum powder in a fragrant bid to end a feud among the community.

Pipkin had been the dominant male among the Lemur Wood inhabitants at Dudley Zoological Gardens until he fell out with his pals and was expelled from the gang.

Lemurs recognise each other by their scent so keepers soaked them all in baby talcum powder so that they all smelt the same and Pipkin could be reintegrated.

Pat Stevens, assistant section head of primates, said: "We decided to use a bit of talcum powder to get him back in with his friends and accepted again.

"We gave all of the lemurs a good soaking with a hosepipe before applying the talc and were then able to reintroduce Pipkin - they were all far too occupied with the new smell to start a fight. It worked like magic and Pipkin is now much happier."

Lemur Wood is home to more than 30 free-roaming lemurs, an endangered species originating from the island of Madagascar.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Nov 18, 2011
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