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For an old lady you have to admit that Ozma looks spectacularly good! Okay, perhaps she could use a little tooth trimming (and whitening!). Actually tooth trimming is something the Vet Department does every few months on some of our older aye-ayes. Younger aye-aye are constantly chewing on anything they can get their teeth on, and their ever growing incisors remain at a good length just from this natural wear. Some of the older aye-aye, though, have slowed down enough that their chewing cannot keep pace with the growth of their incisors or, as they have aged, they have developed a malocclusion which prevents their teeth from wearing down naturally. Ozma is now about 32.3 which makes her our second oldest aye-aye behind Endora (34.2) and right in front of our other two wild caughts Nosferatu (32.14) and Poe (31.14). Since all four of these elders were wild caught in Madagascar in 1987 (Poe and Noes) and 1991 (Endora and Ozma) no one knows exactly how old they are, as their ages were estimated by former DLC Director, Ken Glander when they arrived at the DLC, based on the amount of wear their teeth showed at that time: An inexact science for sure, especially for animal's as unusual as aye-aye!