Zoo volunteer gets tattoo of her favourite lemur

Olivia Cottrell and Scar the Lemur SUS-150820-163646001
Olivia Cottrell and Scar the Lemur SUS-150820-163646001

A 20-year-old zoo volunteer has had her favourite lemur immortalised into a tattoo to celebrate her life-changing experience.

Olivia Cottrell, a volunteer at Drusillas Park, got lemur Scar tattooed above her left ankle.

Olivia's tatoo of Scar the Lemur SUS-150820-163710001

Olivia's tatoo of Scar the Lemur SUS-150820-163710001

Olivia started volunteering at the East Sussex zoo in April 2014 and now helps out every Sunday.

She helps oversee the popular walk-through enclosures, which includes spending time in her favourite place, Lemurland.

Olivia commented: “I absolutely love volunteering. It is what I look forward to every week; the other Sunday volunteers are like my family.

“I most enjoy being in with the lemurs and watching each and every one of their individual behaviours. They each have their own personality.

“Scar is my favourite and an absolute sweetheart. He isn’t the prettiest lemur but I think that’s why I love him. He’s picked up a few scars along the way but never shows any hatred.”

The tattoo is based on an image taken by fellow volunteer and photographer, Ian Standivan.

It is Olivia’s first tattoo and she is delighted with the results.

Olivia said: “The tattoo artist was really excited when I showed her Ian’s picture of Scar to copy. It really hurt near the end but only lasted one and a half hours so wasn’t too bad.

“I have had a really good reaction to it; people think it is great and can really see the resemblance to Scar.

“The tattoo is symbolic of the fact Drusillas has changed my life. It has helped me to find a job and friends. I absolutely adore it; it is like having a piece of the zoo with me all the time.”

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