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Recent Lemur Discovery in Bloomington/Normal Shines Light on Illegal Animal Trade

A lemur was recently found in a Bloomington/Normal garage and the leader of the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington says it is a good opportunity to highlight the horror of the illegal animal trade.


On the WHOW Morning Show Wednesday, Miller Park Zoo Executive Director Jay Pratte told Regional Radio it is his speculation the animal was illegally owned by a local resident and escaped his captivity.



The story ended up going viral with national media outlets picking it up. Pratte appreciates the support of the community through the whole process and indicates they worked with the Department of Natural Resources to make sure everything was on the up-and-up for the welfare of the animal.



According to Pratte, the things illegally traded animals go through detract from them living as they should. He explains this animal is now getting the chance to do the things a lemur should have been doing his whole life.



Pratt indicates the lemur appears to be a younger male. He might be a little thin although they are not for sure. The Miller Park Zoo continues to work with the Department of Natural Resources on what is best and next for the animal they named King Julien. 

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