'Omen of Evil' baby aye-aye lives in Denver zoo

Talk about a face only a mother could love.

Tonks, the aye-aye, was recently born at the Denver Zoo, the Denver Post is reporting, and while her appearance may be ghastly, it's a win for biologists trying to save the species.

Only 24 of these types of lemurs live in zoos in the U.S., the Denver Zoo noted. It is not known how many of them are in the wild, due to the nocturnal nature of the species and the fact they spend almost all of their time in trees, but they are considered endangered.


Symbolic with death and even considered an omen of evil in its native Madagascar, the aye-aye was thought to be extinct but was rediscovered in 1961, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

(Denver Zoo)

"The aye-aye remains an endangered species not only because its habitat is being destroyed, but also due to native superstition," the organization wrote on its website. "Ancient Malagasy legend said that the Aye-aye was a symbol of death, with some believing its mere appearance predicts the death of a villager."

Tonks, whose parents are aptly named Bellatrix and Smeagol (Bellatrix was one of Voldemort's Death Eaters in Harry Potter lore and Smeagol was the original name of the creature Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings"), is in the zoo's aye-aye exhibit, where she continues to grow.

Eventually, she will be able to be seen by visitors, but it won't be for a few months, the zoo's website added.