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Cameron Park Zoo welcomes lemur twins!

Cameron Park Zoo announced that two of the zoo’s ring-tailed lemurs are the proud parents of twin boys born March 24
Credit: Cameron Park Zoo

WACO, Texas — Cameron Park Zoo announced that two of the zoo’s ring-tailed lemurs are the proud parents of twin boys born March 24. 

Their mom, Crystal Light, 10, their dad, Agathon, 12, and babies are all doing well, according to the zoo.

The zookeepers decided to keep with the tradition of naming the lemurs after a candy or a soft drink. Zookeepers chose the names, Mike and Ike.

Other members of the troop are aunt Capri Sun, cousin Skittles and Sprite.

The said that the babies are mostly staying on mom, but sometimes Capri and Skittles assist with care duties. Ring-tailed lemurs generally produce a single offspring, but twins are not uncommon. 

For the first couple of weeks, the baby lemur will cling to the mother’s belly.  As it grows it will usually ride on the mother’s back. 

At age three to four weeks, baby lemurs will take their first steps away from mom and are generally fully weaned by five to six months. Lemurs are found on the Island of Madagascar. The main threat to the Ring-tailed lemur and other lemur species is habitat destruction, according to the zoo.

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