Inspired by the Wimbledon Championships, a feast of tasty treats has been served up to the black lemurs at Drusillas Park in tennis balls. The unusual delivery proved a real smash with the whole set, who polished the meal off in minutes.
The lemurs took full advantage of their lunch-time munch of juicy grapes, dished up in the customised balls. The group rallied around the prized platters taking the balls near to break point, as they excitedly dug out their dinner.
As expected mum, Clementine was first to make an approach and proved the top seed. In the lemur world, females rule the troop and Clementine led from the off, quickly gaining an advantage over the other family members. Her tiny baby, born in April, was a somewhat redundant doubles partner as he clung to the baseline and watched in awe.
Clementine’s older offspring, Tsito and Malala also demonstrated some ace play. The wildcards were born in April 2011 and July 2012 respectively and are two of the zoo’s most mischievous residents. However, dad Lotfi seemed happier just watching play from the sidelines and stepping in as umpire from time to time.
The strange service was made as part of the zoo’s enrichment programme, which ensures a diverse diet is enjoyed in imaginative and unusual ways. Enrichment is carried out within all the enclosures on a daily basis to encourage the animals to work a little harder for their food as they would in the wild as well as providing mental stimulation. The net result was love-all at the lemurs.
Published 8th July 2013
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