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    Default Endangered aye-aye born at the Denver Zoo


    The endangered aye-aye, despite this infant's resemblance to some sort of alien rat (we say that lovingly!), is actually a relative of chimpanzees and other apes.
    Unlike many endangered species, the aye-aye's troubles are due in large part to superstition. Many native people in the aye-aye's native Madagascar consider the little primates to be a bad omen signaling death. The superstition suggests that the only way to prevent the death is to kill the animal. Although aye-ayes are now protected by law, the damage has been done -- and so it's cause for celebration when a baby is born.
    This infant was born April 18 at the Denver Zoo. It's only the second aye-aye to be born at a North American zoo, and the first ever conceived in one. From the Denver Post:
    According to the Denver Zoo, the little guy weighed a little more than 2 ounces at birth, which was a low birth weight. But with the Denver Zoo primate staff providing supplemental care and intense management for him and his mother, his weight grew to nearly 6 ounces this week.

    The infant was born to mother Salem and father Ozony, both of who came to the Denver Zoo last year.

    The breeding pair, both 7 years old, arrived from the Duke Lemur Center in North Carolina through the recommendation of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan.
    Aye-ayes spend most of their time in trees and eat primarily insect larvae. They use their long fingers in much the same way that a woodpecker uses its beak: they tap the trees to locate grubs, then fish them out with their long middle fingers. Dinner!




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    Um-ok.
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    Now I definitely know how much Honey loves animals!
    That little thingymabobber is ugly to me, but I'm trying hard not to feel that way.
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    I am sorry but that is one creepy baby.
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    wow i can understand the superstition *runs and hides before honey kicks my ass
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    OMG, I love the Aye-Aye. Those little guys are so ugly that they are cute.
    Their facial expressions crack me up.

    Some Aye-Aye pics for your Sunday afternoon:




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    its so ugly, it came right back around to cute!
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    I'm trying to like them, I really am.
    *shudders*
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    And of course, I think it's cute!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shedevilang View Post
    wow i can understand the superstition *runs and hides before honey kicks my ass
    still sticking with that lol
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    I really think it's cute!!

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    OMFG it has eyes like Ramona from Real Housewives of New York.

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