Rare Baby Aye-Aye Weighs In at San Diego Zoo: Video

The one-month-old female takes a trip to the scale so zoo handlers can monitor her size.

What better way is there to ease into the weekend than to take in some animal cuteness with your lunch? In that spirit, have a look at Fady (FAW DEE), a month-old female aye-aye and current resident of the San Diego Zoo.

The video below shows Fady being gently scooped out of her nest box by zoo staff (who distracted Fady's mom with some treats -- just long enough to briefly gather up the newbie with the repeating name). From there, she's off for a weigh-in, a key indicator of her present health and something baby Fady will have to endure many more times.

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Aye-ayes are lemurs, native to Madagascar. They grow to about three feet long as adults, with tails as long as their bodies. They spend the bulk of their lives in trees, high in their canopies, and use their fingers to extract insects from the bark. They also eat seeds and fruits.

The cute critters are considered endangered, due to poaching, habitat loss, and death at the hands of farmers trying to safeguard their crops. Not helping matters is that the animal is thought by local populations to be evil.

For the record, Fady weighed 3.6 ounces at birth and weighed in at 9.03 ounces during this weigh-in. Eat up, Fady!

Baby Fady goes in for a check-up.

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