Adorable lemur playfights with his friends… after having his arm AMPUTATED

July 3, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

Nelson the baby lemur loves to playfight with his friends – despite being the only one in his group with three limbs after a mysterious accident.

When the ring-tailed lemur was a couple of days old, staff at Cotswold Wildlife Park noticed something was wrong with his arm.

After giving him a checkover, vets at the centre decided the best thing was to amputate his arm.

Nelson the one armed Lemur at Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford in Gloucestershire

Nelson the one armed Lemur at Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford in Gloucestershire

The resilient creature underwent the operation and was back in the arms of his mother in just 30 minutes.

Nelson, now two months old, has become a firm favourite at the centre and despite his disability is among the most boisterous lemurs at the centre.

Nelson uses his good arm to enjoy a snack

Nelson uses his good arm to enjoy a snack

Nelson hitches a ride with his mother Hira

Nelson hitches a ride with his mother Hira

Jamie Craig, curator at Cotswold Wildlife Park, said: “We don’t know what happened, he was only a couple of days old, it was possible another lemur just grabbed it.

“We decided to remove the arm and everything went well. Lemurs are very resilient creatures and you wouldn’t notice the difference unless you got up close to him.

“He’s very popular among the staff here.”

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