Two lemurs return home after fire at Wicklow animal centre 

Two lemurs return home after fire at Wicklow animal centre 

One of the two lemurs returned after the fire broke out at the animal centre in Co Wicklow. Picture: Copsewood Avaries

Two lemurs who escaped an animal centre in Wicklow following a fire have returned home.

In an update posted to social media, Copsewood Aviaries in Co Wicklow said both lemurs have returned safe to the aviaries. 

The two lemurs had to "move it move it" after a fire broke out at Copsewood Aviaries in Co Wicklow in the early hours of Saturday morning.  

One of the lemurs was captured after the fire but a second remained missing for a number of hours. 

The two lemurs were set free in order to save them, as the blaze began to spread to their enclosure at Copsewood Aviaries in Kilmacanogue.

Native to Madagascar, the lemur species became widely known after Sacha Baron Cohen voiced King Julien XIII in the Dreamworks Animation box office hit of the same name.  

The owner of the aviaries has said the lemurs are tame and that it was unlikely they will have travelled far. 

Members of the public in the Kilmac and Bray area were asked to contact the aviary should they see the missing lemur. 

The animal centre said the lemurs can travel quickly but move on the ground rather than through trees.

The business, which supplies animals to film productions, has been busy working on Disney's Disenchanted movie, currently being filmed in Enniskerry.

Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene of the fire where no one was injured. 

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