A Rare One-Month Old Aye-Aye (Lemur) Gets Her Weight Checked at the San Diego Zoo

The sparse population of the endangered aye-aye grew by one last month, when a female named Fady was born at the San Diego Zoo as a part of the zoo’s “Species Survival Plan” program. The program seeks to repopulate those species that are under threat or endangered. Fady was recently weighed to make sure that she’s healthy and getting enough nutrition.

Keepers at the San Diego Zoo checked the weight of a one-month-old female aye-aye today (Oct. 15), under the watchful eye of her mother. After distracting mom for a short time with a treat of honey, keepers were able to locate the baby in the nest box, reach in and scoop her up, so they could check her weight. This is an important procedure that is done frequently when the baby is young, to ensure that she is healthy and growing properly. The baby weighed 3.6 ounces at birth and weighed in at 9.03 ounces today. The weight gain is a sign that the mother aye-aye is doing a great job of caring for her adorable baby. The young aye-aye’s name is Fady (pronounced FAW DEE), which means taboo in Malagasy.