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3 March 2014

Blind lemur given guide dog

Here at our dog-friendly cottages we love to hear stories about how dogs have helped people, because it just goes to show what loyal animals they are.

But you don’t often hear about dogs helping other animals, which is why we loved this story about a dog helping a blind lemur so much, and decided to share it with you.

The lemur in question is Stumpy, a ring-tailed lemur who has developed cataracts. Poor old Stumpy, who is 18-years-old, had become unable to live in the large outdoor lemur enclosure at Porfell Wildlife Park and Sanctuary, near Liskeard and was being kept inside for his own safety.

Now though, he’s had a new ease of life thanks to guide dog Maggie.

Stumpy is due to have an operation soon but in the meantime Maggie has been helping him find his way around outdoors.

Zoo keeper Joy Palmer said she and other staff at Porfell had been afraid to let him outside in case he injured himself.

She also said she was pleased to see Stumpy back out and about and hoped donations from the public would help Porfell pay for Stumpy’s cataracts operation, which usually costs between £1,500 and £2,000.

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