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Last Updated: Friday, 12 October 2007, 16:52 GMT 17:52 UK
Orphan lemur taken back by mother
Baby Leonardo and mother Lucy
Happy families at last - baby Leonardo and mother Lucy
A baby lemur which was rejected by its mother at birth has been successfully reintroduced back into the family.

Leonardo has been hand-reared for the past six months by staff at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling.

The team have managed to persuade his mother Lucy to finally accept the baby ring-tailed lemur, who was born six weeks premature.

He was originally nick-named Gollum because of his resemblance to the Lord of the Rings character.

Keeper Sandra Rainey found Leonardo abandoned in the grass enclosure at the Pet's Farm, weighing only 40 grams.

Fully integrated

The park team began feeding him every two hours with baby milk and eventually built up his strength.

At night he was placed in a cage near the other lemurs in the hope they would be able to hear each other.

After about a month and a half Lucy began to show an interest in Leonardo once again.

Now eight months old, Leonardo is fully integrated into the lemur community and lives happily as part of the group.

Park manager Gary Gilmour said: "He is a gutsy, mischievous little character, keeping his mum Lucy on her toes and has been a huge hit with the public."

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