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Lower Basildon is home to newborn lemur triplets

Lemur at Beale Park with triplets
It is the first time lemur triplets have been born at Beale Park

Keepers at a children's zoo in Berkshire are celebrating the "rare" birth of ring-tailed lemur triplets.

Bosses at Beale Park, near Reading, said the triplets were born to parents Rosie and Sam last month.

Curator Dave Coles said: "We were very surprised by the arrival of three babies as this is such a rare event.

"We would normally expect a lemur to give birth to a single baby in the wild and possibly twins in captivity, so triplets are really quite remarkable."

Rosie, who has had twins for the last two years, gave birth to the triplets on 21 March, the same date she gave birth last year.

Her keeper visits the new family several times a day to ensure that Rosie's milk production is satisfying their needs.

"She is a very attentive mum and is receiving a lot of support from her sister, Sophie and the babies Dad, Sam, who is always on hand to help with the grooming," said Mr Coles.



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