Your morning adorable: Baby lemurs cling to mom’s back at the Dresden Zoo
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If there’s anything cuter than a baby ring-tailed lemur, it must be twin baby ring-tailed lemurs!
These two, who were born to mother Susen at Germany’s Dresden Zoo on March 17, haven’t yet been named. (We were tempted to suggest Irish-themed names as a reference to their St. Patrick’s Day birthdate, but then we remembered that lemurs are native to Madagascar -- far, indeed, from the Emerald Isle -- so we will respectfully refrain.)
Ring-tailed lemurs, like most of their lemur cousins, are endangered -- in large part due to deforestation but also because, in some parts of Madagascar, they’re considered bad luck and are often killed by villagers as a result. In other parts of the country, they’re sometimes hunted for their meat. The troubles facing Madagascar’s lemurs are compounded by political upheaval. All of this means, of course, that any ring-tailed-lemur birth is great news for the species.
See more photos of the baby lemurs and their mother after the jump!
-- Lindsay Barnett