February 21, 2006

Pregnant Ring-Tailed Lemurs

Someone visited, searching under "how do you know a ring tailed lemur is pregnant"?

Well, after reading about Why Europeans Hate Us for the past hour or so [short answer: Because we're better than they are] [H/T: Beautiful Atrocities], I needed something amusing.

In depth webpage on Lemurs
, including information on gestation and microanatomy slides.

A more child friendly site,
with information about the ring-tailed lemur's scent marking.

Still, no direct answer to the question. Bummer.

Posted by Owlish at February 21, 2006 05:56 PM | TrackBack

Surprisingly, the answer is the same as for a human female. Test for chorionic gonadotropin in her urine. Lemurs are prosimians, distantly relate to us and apes, and their bodies work the same way.

Of course, you can also weigh her daily and chart it. Her weight should change on a predictable trajectory if she's pregnant (this is what we do with rats and mice, BTW)

Posted by: caltechgirl at February 21, 2006 06:44 PM

Oops - I nuked yr TB while cleaning out spam. Nothing personal

Posted by: beautifulatrocities at February 21, 2006 11:20 PM

thank you for showing me that iwanted to know that

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