Officials Look For Possible Lemurs In Sanibel

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Associated Press Release

SANIBEL, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's Sanibel may now have something more in common with Madagascar than just being an island. Lemurs.

Wildlife officials say they have received three recent reports of two ring-tailed lemurs scurrying around Sanibel, an island off southwest Florida.

The News-Press reported Tuesday ( ) that after the first two reports, officials thought the witnesses had mistaken two skinny raccoons for lemurs, tiny primates that are native to the African island of Madagascar.

But then Ken Kelly spotted them. Kelly visits the lemurs at Fort Myers' Pet Kingdom and is certain of what he saw.

Officials think that if the animals are lemurs, either someone released them or they are escaped pets, although none have been reported. If the animals are lemurs, officials will likely try to catch them and move them.


Information from: The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press,

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