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aye-aye

a lemur-like monkey. Called also Daubentonia madagascariensis.
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But one thing is certain: According to the World Conservation Union, the aye-aye is endangered, or at risk of going extinct.
In an effort to help save the endangered aye-aye, scientists are trying to learn more about the elusive animal's behavior and how many exist in the wild.
Comedian John Cleese once described the aye-ayes as having hands like "Swiss army knives".
In the past, aye-ayes were persecuted in their natural habitat because they were considered to be an evil omen.
Specimen collectors had permits to capture four of the animals in January, but an illegal aye-aye hunt by area residents shortly before they arrived left only two males alive, Elwyn Simons, director of the primate center, told SCIENCE NEWS.
Officially called Daubentonia madagascariensis, the nocturnal aye-aye is the only living representative of its taxonomic family.
Kintana, which means 'star' in Malagasy, is only the second aye-aye to be hand-reared in the world and currently demands around-the-clock attention from his keepers at the zoo.
Aye-ayes are highly specialised hunters with an elongated middle finger on each hand, which they use for catching prey.
He's the first Aye-Aye ever to be born in Britain - a major success as the species is nearly extinct in its native Madagascar.
Aye-Ayes use their long middle finger for digging out larvae in trees to eat.
How he got that footage of the Lesser Spotted Aye-Aye capturing a rubber-tree grub from the nocturnal nooks and crannies of the Madagascan undergrowth I will never know.
While enjoying wallowing in the cuteness of baby Aye-Ayes in Madagascar, there's a serious story about their struggle for survival.