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Best-Looking Endangered Species: Aye-Aye

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We may just be the aye-aye's biggest fans, and yet, here on the pages of TreeHugger, we've called it everything from "bizarre" to "grotesque looking."

Yet we've also called it "wondrous" and "endearingly ugly" (and, OK, that last one is kind of faint praise).

But the aye-aye is a creature built for survival: In Madagascar, where they're threatened by habitat loss and mistrustful farmers, those long, pointy claws, sharp teeth, and huge ears help the the aye-ayes find food (specifically: larvae). The big eyes and scraggly hair that make it look like something from a Disney cartoon? Pure bonus.

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