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Rescued lemur mum gives birth to twins at Longleat

By jspiteri  |  Posted: April 04, 2014

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Ring tailed lemur Hasina, who last week gave birth to twins, is one of a troop of playful Madagascan primates who live at Longleat.

Hasina and the twins' dad Julien were both rescued as youngsters from unsuitable living conditions and given a new home at the park, although they still bear the scars of their ill treatment – Hasina has some of her fingertips missing and Julien only has half a tail.

Keeper Beverley Evans said: ““Hasina is a very laid back mum and this is her third pregnancy. She seems to have taken the whole birth very much in her stride and is an extremely attentive mother,” she added.

In the mornings the ring-tailed lemurs sunbathe to warm themselves. They face the sun sitting in what is frequently described as a "sun-worshipping" posture or lotus position.

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