This adorable rare baby lemur that is now thriving despite an operation to remove one of her EYES at just two-weeks-old.
The endangered Lake Alaotra gentle lemur was only 10cm (4 inches) long when she injured her left eye, which had to be removed before it became infected.
The unnamed tiny primate was put under general anaesthetic for the delicate procedure last month.
Photographs show the youngster has now recovered well, and is enjoying exploring her enclosure at Bristol Zoo Gardens, whilst staying close to her mum, Alina.
Vet Richard Saunders, who carried out the operation, said: “Her eye was sadly too badly damaged to be saved.
“So we decided to remove it to give her the best chance of a quick recovery and a good quality of life.”
Bristol Zoo’s Mammals’ Teams Leader Alan Toyne added: “We are all delighted that this baby lemur has survived the surgery.
“Every time that we breed an animal that is Critically Endangered, it is a feather in our cap.
“Alina is a good mum. This is her second baby and she is putting on weight quickly and is quite strong.”
In time the baby gentle lemur will move onto a diet of bamboo, pellets and cut grass. When fully grown, she will be between 30 and 40cm (12-16 inches) long.
Bristol Zoo Gardens has been breeding Lake Alaorta gentle lemurs for more than 10 years.
This is very important as they are one of the most threatened species of lemur in Madagascar, where there are now thought to be fewer than 2,500 of them.