Another example of the incredible work of zoos fighting extinction! This little Gollum-like creature is a newborn critically endangered Aye-aye - a tiny mammal found only on the island of Madagascar. While they are protected by law on the island, many people still consider them bad luck and will kill them on first sight. I have to agree that being born looking like that is quite bad luck, but not half as bad luck as what I was born looking like (scroll right to see who did it better - hint, it was not me). But in reality I think these little creatures are beautiful, and it’s thanks to the hard work of Zoo breeding programs (this Aye-aye was born at @sandiegozoo) that many of these species are still in existence. These programs work in many different ways - they may support dwindling populations in the wild by providing a disease free population (as seen with the Australian Tasmanian Devil), they may be used to add genetic diversity to the diminished wild populations, or they may provide an insurance population should the species sadly go extinct in the wild. So, it is a big thank you and congratulations from me to @sandiegozoo, and to everyone involved in such important work!