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STUMPY IS GRUMPY; He is 27 years old with arthritis and a bad back, no wonder ..

Byline: Lesley Roy

IN a certain light, you could mistake him for internet sensation Grumpy Cat.

And with a touch of arthritis and a bad back, Stumpy the lemur could be forgiven for feeling a little below par.

But appearances can be deceiving and Stumpy, who is believed to be the oldest ring-tailed lemur in the world, is still loving life, according to zoo keepers.

He celebrated his big day at Five Sisters Zoo in West Calder, West Lothian, by nibbling on his favourite feast of berries and bananas and lolling in the sun.

Lemurs in captivity usually only live into their early twenties, while those living in the wild in Madagascar normally only see their late teens.

Head keeper Lynn McKechnie, 36, said Stumpy's back is hunched and he gets liquid painkiller in his banana to help with his arthritis.

She added: "He comes looking for the banana now and after he's taken it, he's back to normal. He still gets around, but he tends to take the long route now, climbing carefully instead of jumping like his sons.

"But they still all sunbathe together."

Grumpy Cat - a female called Tardar Sauce from Arizona - has more than a million Facebook likes.


FRUITY Stumpy tucks into his birthday feast at the zoo

GRAND OLD 3 MAN Stumpy Inset, Grumpy
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 28, 2013
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