Sam, the blind lemur who can see again after a 'painstaking' operation

Sam the red fronted brown lemur back in his enclosure after the eye surgery. Credit: SWNS

A blind lemur can see again after surgeons carried out a "painstaking" operation to remove its cataracts.

Sam, the four-year-old lemur, had to rely solely on memory to feel his way around his enclosure at the Durrell Wildlife Park in Jersey when his eyes became sore and inflamed.

The centre’s vets started him on a course of eye drops in January to treat his ocular inflammation but they could tell Sam needed surgery to save his sight.

The two hours of "painstaking surgery" was a success for Sam. Credit: SWNS

Sam's two-hour operation was a success in bringing his vision back, allowing the red fronted brown lemur to see for the first time in weeks.

They used microscopes and precision instruments to perform the surgery, first making a 3 mm incision into the lemur’s eyes to reach the cataracts before each one was liquefied and then sucked out with the help from an ultrasound.

Lemurs pose for a selfie after they were allowed to play with a GoPro camera. Credit: SWNS

Keepers said Sam is known for his "amazing agility" and "cheeky personality".

Six weeks on they say Sam is enjoying a new lease of life and has taken back his place as the dominant lemur in the pack.

With his newly repaired vision he’s now able to leap from branch to branch with the other lemurs in the park.