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Lemurs' romance bears fruit in Wildlife Park

A pair of ring-tailed lemurs at the Shanghai Wildlife Park got "married" after going through a difficult time, officials said today.

In the lemur society, males have a lower position, but three-year-old A'sen managed to win the love of a three-year-old female, A'ying.

The two lemurs lived in two different quarters separated by wire gauze. A'sen always leaned on the gauze, staring at A'ying amorously and calling for her attention. A few days later, A'ying seemed to be excited about A'sen as well.

Seeing their unusual behavior, their keeper let A'sen into his lover's ground. But the male lemur was rejected by other females there. They attacked him with the stink secreted from their scent glands.

But A'sen endured, got through the "attack" and was eventually accepted by A'ying's fellows.

Soon after they got "married," A'ying was found pregnant and gave birth to a pair of twin lemurs two weeks ago, park officials said.


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