A smelly stand-off

Primate keepers have captured on camera our ring tailed lemur, Frank, taking part in a stink fight!

Lemurs strongly rely on their sense of smell to mark territories and Jade spotted 13 year-old Frank performing the natural scent wafting behaviour towards the black and white ruffed boys in the one-acre walkthrough wood!

Keeper Jade Reddall, said: “Male ringtails have scent glands on their wrists which they will use to spread their short-lived musk along their tail and then wave towards their opponent.

“They usually stink fight to woo a female or towards a rival male, which is what our ring-tail is doing here.”

Male lemurs also have a shoulder gland that produces a thick smelly substance, that lasts much longer than the wrist odour, while a thorny spur protruding from their wrist allows them to gouge their scent into the likes of tree trunks to mark their territories further.

The smelly stand-offs last until one lemur retreats, so can be resolved and forgotten fairly quickly, just like this one!