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So, how are the infants actually weighed? When infants are very young, we bring a portable scale to the enclosure. Once the baby is removed from Mom, it is placed on a blanket or stuffed animal, depending on the species. Even at an early age, lemur infants can be quite mobile, so the precious cargo and its weighing prop are placed inside a plastic container, so that it can’t climb off the scale. Elphaba, the aye- aye born earlier this year, was weighed on a blanket, as she did not need to cling. The sifaka babies, however, cling to their Moms, so they are weighed while holding on to a stuffed toy. Pygmy slow loris mothers ‘park’ their infants in the branches while they go about their daily life so pygmy infants get a stuffed animal or some other small item to cling to while being weighed.

A fascinating read on how newborn lemurs’ health is monitored: Weighing babies at the Lemur Center

Duke Lemur Center says, “We are proud to announce our irish twins! DOB: 3/17/12.” Do you have any suggestions for names? Tell them on their Facebook page!

Duke Lemur Center says, We are proud to announce our irish twins! DOB: 3/17/12.” Do you have any suggestions for names? Tell them on their Facebook page!

Fat-tailed dwarf lemur babies! Named “Motmot” and “Hottentot.” (DLC)

Fat-tailed dwarf lemur babies! Named “Motmot” and “Hottentot.” (DLC)

Bright-Eyed Ring-Tailed Lemur Babies - ZooBorns — “Two fuzzy, bright-eyed ring-tailed lemurs were born on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at Bioparc Valencia in Spain. Within a few hours, early morning visitors to their habitat could see them clinging to their mother’s belly.”

Bright-Eyed Ring-Tailed Lemur Babies - ZooBorns — “Two fuzzy, bright-eyed ring-tailed lemurs were born on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at Bioparc Valencia in Spain. Within a few hours, early morning visitors to their habitat could see them clinging to their mother’s belly.”