Thursday 30 October 2014

Zoo's Mr Grey 'in lemur love story'

Published 06/12/2012 | 14:24

Lemur Mr Grey, named after Fifty Shades Of Grey, has hit it off with female counterpart Mrs Grey (Bristol Zoo Gardens/PA)

A lemur named after the fictional character Christian Grey from the best-selling book Fifty Shades Of Grey has met a love interest.

Bristol Zoo Gardens said it was "love at first sight" when it introduced Mrs Grey to Mr Grey last week.

Staff at the zoo had hoped their handsome Mr Grey would be a hit with the ladies but said they could not have anticipated the pair getting on quite as well as they do.

On their first night together, the two Alaotran gentle lemurs were inseparable, with Mrs Grey huddled up to Mr Grey's side. One week on and the zoo said the couple were still like newlyweds, sitting together most nights.

Mr and Mrs Grey are members of one of the most critically-endangered species of lemur in Madagascar.

Mrs Grey arrived from Parc de Cleres in France last week while Mr Grey arrived on November 7 from Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, which manages a breeding programme for the lemurs.

The pair may have just met but staff at the zoo are hopeful that Mrs Grey has fallen for Mr Grey, who, at four-years-old, is the perfect age for breeding, a zoo spokeswoman said.

Lynsey Bugg, assistant curator of mammals said: "It was love at first sight for these two young lemurs. We look forward to continuing our efforts towards the breeding programme and also seeing how this lemur love story pans out."

There are just 5,000 of the animals in the wild and they all live in one area which makes them particularly susceptible to extinction risks.

Bristol Zoo is part of a breeding programme for Alaotran gentle lemurs that began in 1990 and is managed by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. The captive population is currently around 95 animals in 24 European zoos.

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