Saints go marching in with Gizzy the lemur . .

Ryan Suttie (left) and Ryan McInnes (right) holding Gizzy
Ryan Suttie (left) and Ryan McInnes (right) holding Gizzy
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ST ANDREWS United have a swinging new follower.

The junior footballers have followed up their hugely successful St Andrews Long Weekend at Recreation Park in June by adopting an orphaned ring-tailed lemur called Gizzy as the club mascot.

Gizzy lives at the Collessie-based Fife Animal Trust and is looked after by his keeper, Lindsey, who has been his mother since he was just five days old.

The lemur is now aged six months and two of the United squad, Ryan Suttie and Ryan McInnes, went along to the Animal Trust last weekend to see how he was getting.


They found that Gizzy has grown since June and is full of mischief.

The trust has been open for five years and has a wide range of animals, from chicks to water buffalo and from emu to a zebra, so there is plenty to see for all the family.

The United party were given a guided tour by Lindsey and met Gizzy’s mum and twin brother as well as the popular meerkats.

As part of the deal, the football club will be erecting an advertising board at Recreation Park free of charge and Gizzy now has his own column in “Saints Scene,” the matchday magazine.

A club spokesman said: ‘‘It is hoped to get Gizzy along to a forthcoming game to meet the supporters.’’