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Star treatment for orphan lemur
Gollum the lemur
Gollum clings to a stuffed toy as if it is his real mother
Staff at a safari park near Stirling have been hand-rearing a baby lemur after it was rejected by his mother.

The week-old ring-tailed lemur has been christened "Gollum" by staff at Blair Drummond Safari Park.

He weighed just 1.8oz and measured 4in in length when he was born, so staff are feeding him every two hours on baby milk to build up his strength.

A mother would normally carry a baby lemur on her back for the first few weeks of its life.

Gollum, named after a character in Lord of the Rings, has been following his natural instincts by clinging on to a soft toy in his enclosure.

The ring-tailed lemur, like all other lemurs, is found only in the wild on the island of Madagascar, but is the most common of the species to be found in zoos worldwide.


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