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Richard Branson's lemurs seized at airport

Posted on Oct 08, 06:44PM | IANS

Four of the 23 endangered lemurs that Virgin Group chief Richard Branson had planned to move to his 60 million-pound private Caribbean island were seized at a British airport, the Daily Mail reported Monday.

Branson, 62, hoped to fly the lemurs, born and bred at a private British zoo, to Necker Island. Three of them were seized at Gatwick airport as the paperwork did not add up.

A fourth was also not allowed to fly because it became ill after a TB jab.

The Virgin chief is hoping to preserve the endangered lemurs, which are found only on the African island of Madagascar.

A spokeswoman for billionaire Richard confirmed the 19 lemurs had arrived on Necker.