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Lemurs chow down on Christmas Eve feast at Brookfield Zoo

(BROOKFIELD) Christmas came early for five ring-tailed lemurs at Brookfield Zoo.

The lemurs–Butch, Dogwood, Moses, Ramses, Sam Bass and Skinner–were treated to an all-out Christmas Eve feast on Tuesday at the Hamill Family Play Zoo exhibit, according to a statement from the Chicago Zoological Society.

The festive primates dined on “cookies” of primate chow and applesauce topped with yogurt and dried cranberries, washing it all down with diluted grape juice and “milk” made of yogurt and water, officials said.

Zoo staff added to the lemurs’ holiday ambiance with an ornamented fir tree, a fruit-filled train set and a backdrop fireplace complete with personalized stockings for each primate.

Guests can see the lemurs daily in the Hamill Family Play Zoo, including during the final evenings of the zoo’s “Holiday Magic” program daily Dec. 26 through 31, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

 

A ring-tailed lemur bites into a holiday "cookie" of primate chow at Brookfield Zoo. / photo from Chicago Zoological Society

Skinner the ring-tailed lemur bites into a holiday “cookie” of primate chow at Brookfield Zoo. / CZS photo

Lemurs gather for a Christmas Eve feast Tuesday at Brookfield Zoo. / photo from Chicago Zoological Society

Lemurs gather for a Christmas Eve feast Tuesday at Brookfield Zoo. / CZS photo

Lemurs washed down their Christmas cookies with diluted grape juice and yogurt. / photo from Chicago Zoological Society

Butch the ring-tailed lemur washes down Christmas cookies with diluted grape juice and yogurt. / CZS photo

A ring-tailed lemur examines his Christmas stocking before a holiday feast at Brookfield Zoo on Tuesday. / photo from Chicago Zoological Society

Dogwood the ring-tailed lemur examines his companions’ Christmas stockings before a holiday feast at Brookfield. / CZS photo