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Ring-Tailed Lemur Cared for by San Diego Zoo Staff

The 11-day-old lemur is being monitored at the neonatal assisted care facility.

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    San Diego Zoo staff care for a ring-tailed lemur.

    Animal care staff are working around the clock to care for an endangered female ring-tailed lemur at the San Diego Zoo, zoo officials said Tuesday.

    The 11-day-old lemur was born on May 20 and four days later, staff noticed the baby appeared weak and became concerned it may not be receiving proper nutrition.

    They brought the animal to the neonatal assisted care facility and she is being bottle-fed every two hours.

    The species is native to Madagascar, an island off the southeast coast of Africa. The ring-tailed lemur is the most populous breed of the species.

    Unlike other breeds, they spend most of their time on the ground instead of in trees.

    As omnivores, they eat primarily fruit, leaves, flowers, herbs, bark and sap.