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Tonks, the baby aye-aye whose in­tro­duc­tion to the world be­gan with the words “ugly” and “omen of evil,” is ready for her pub­lic de­but. The young lemur has started to emerge from her nest box at the Den­ver Zoo.

Tonks was born Aug. 8 to the zoo’s two other ayeayes, Bel­la­trix and Smeagol, and con­ser­va­tion­ists and jour­nal­ists across the coun­try her­alded her birth as an im­por­tant ad­di­tion to the en­dan­gered species. Only 24 aye-ayes live in seven U.S. zoos, and the wild pop­u­la­tion in na­tive Mada­gas­car is dif­fi­cult to es­ti­mate, ac­cord­ing to the Duke Lemur Cen­ter. — Elise Sch­melzer,

Cour­tesy of the Den­ver Zoo

Tonks the aye-aye. In Mada­gas­car, the aye-aye is con­sid­ered bad luck, and some peo­ple kill them on site.

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