You Make The Diagnosis: Ring-tailed Lemur Unusual Behavior

Pictured below is a Ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) from the Honolulu Zoo.  Native to Madagascar, these primates live in troops lead by a core group of females.  Name a unique behavior observed in Ring-tailed lemurs.

Diagnosis:  Air Scent Fights

Ring-tailed lemurs engage in stink fights.  According to the Cougar Mountain and National Zoos, lemurs possess scent glands on their wrists.  They rub their tails over these glands and then flick them at opponents, letting their scent permeate the air. 

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Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.