Friday, April 15, 2005
Rare aye-aye born in Bristol zoo
An aye-aye - a rare species of lemur - has been bred in captivity in Britain for the first time.
The striking animal, with its yellow eyes, pointed ears and spiky hair, has made its first public appearance since its birth at Bristol Zoo in February.
Kintana is also only the second aye-aye to be hand-reared in the world.
The zoo is hailing his birth as a key development in the long-term survival of aye-ayes, which are classified an endangered species.
The nocturnal animals, which are native to the African island of Madagascar, have long been persecuted for their unusual appearance. In some regions, they are killed by local people who believe they are ill omens.
Posted by C. at 9:39 AM