Some wonderful news from Chester Zoo this week following the arrival of twin ring-tailed lemur babies.
Seven-year-old mum Fiona gave birth to the adorable pair following a 135-day-long pregnancy and the tiny duo have been clinging to mum ever since.
The tiny twins, who weigh just a few hundred grams and stand 15cm tall, will spend the first few months of life with their mum before branching out and climbing independently.
Born with the same markings as their parents, including the famous black and white striped tail, zookeepers are yet to confirm the genders of the new arrivals.
Ring-tailed lemurs are only found on the African island of Madagascar. The primates are listed as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as loss of forest habitat means populations are in decline.
“Ring-tailed lemurs are one of the planet’s highest primate conservation priorities, so we’re absolutely thrilled to see two tiny babies born into the group here at Chester”, commented Mike Jordan, Director of Animals and Plant Collections at Chester Zoo.
“In these unsettling times, the arrival of such endangered babies really does help to raise a smile.”