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Duke Lemur Center announces birth of teeny mouse lemur triplets

September 4, 2018

The Duke Lemur Center has baby news! On July 24, the center welcomed three tiny grey mouse lemur triplets - Teazel, Pumpernickel and Bee Balm, according to a post on the center’s Facebook page.

These three little ones were born to Juneberry and her mate, Wandering Willie, according to the social media post. The Duke Lemur Center is home to the world’s largest and most diverse collection of lemurs outside of Madagascar.

So far this year, the center has had 11 lemurs born, including two sets of twins and July’s set of triplets. In May, the lemur center welcomed both sets of twins. Helene and Harriot, black and white ruffed lemurs, which are critically endangered, were born on May 6; Judith and Mae, red ruffed lemurs, which also are critically endangered, on May 14.

Grey mouse lemurs are among the most widespread, abundant and adaptable lemur species, according to the lemur center’s information page about them. And they remain tiny. Adults grow to no more than 3 ounces. The nocturnal animals typically sleep in groups and eat insects, fruits, flowers and leaves.

The newest babies are doing well. Teazel and Bea Balm are girls; Pumpernickel is a boy. The three are not on view to the public during tours. Mom Juneberry is “very protective,” according to center staff.

“Each infant has gained weight steadily and all three are warm, full, and well cared for,” the post says. “Juneberry is also looking good and did a delightful job maintaining an excellent nest for her triplets!”