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Durrell Lemurs called Piglet and Tigger after auction

Twin baby lemurs integrating well. Video by Durrell/Colm Farrington and Roberto Huzlebos.

There was a surprise birth at the Durrell wildlife park with the arrival of twin ring-tailed lemurs.

Morticia, the twins Mum, didn't appear pregnant to the keepers, which meant the arrival came as a surprise.

Because the birth was unexpected keepers didn't have names ready for the new arrivals.

So an eBay auction was launched with the winning bid reaching £1650 and bidder, Peter and Edwina Reeves naming the twins Tigger and Piglet.

There were a total of 41 bidders with the price jumping from £700 to £1650 in one day.

Mr & Mrs Reeves were already considering making a donation to Durrell when they saw the eBay auction on the website and decided to donate to that instead.

The names come from two Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs the couple rescued.

Ring-tailed lemurs at Durrell (Durrell/Colm Farrington)

They originally went to take just one dog home from a litter of pups, but didn't want to seperate mother and daughter so took them both home.

They named them Tigger and Piglet because they were both so playful and reminded them of the Winnie the Pooh characters.

Unfortunately Piglet (the daughter) died of cancer at six years old and was followed a year later by Mum Tigger who also died of cancer.

Edwina Reeves said: "We are so pleased to have won the eBay campaign. As life long members of Durrell we wanted to make a donation to their important work and now the memory of our Tigger and Piglet lives on at the wildlife park".

The twins' birth followed the earlier arrival of Lemmy in April, the first ring-tailed lemur baby born at the Durrell wildlife park in 17 years.

Senior keeper Tim Wright said: "We are delighted with the additional birth of these infants, and mum is doing a great job of looking after them."

The twins are feeling at home in the 'Kirindy forest' exhibit at the Durrell wildlife park and are already interacting well with the other lemurs.

Despite being widely seen in captivity, the ring-tailed lemur is threatened with extinction in Madagascar due to the rapid loss of its habitat.

Ring-tailed lemurs were the first lemurs to be kept at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust arriving in 1964.

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Lynne, Essex

I think Lemurs are absolutely beautiful and whenever I visit wildlife parks/sanctuaries or wldlife conservation centres I always make a beeline for them first (and last) because they are so gentle, intelligent and just the cutest creatures and, of course, beautiful. Please help to conserve them. Some names for the twins, how about Bonnie and Clyde, or even, Rosie and Jim.

Ring-tailed lemur born at Durrell
02 Apr 10 |  Nature & Outdoors


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