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The winged lemur,[1] alternatively known as flying lemur or just lemur,[2][3] is a small, energetic and critically endangered animal. Momo is the only known winged lemur to have survived the Air Nomad Genocide, though the ring-tailed winged lemur, a closely related species, was discovered after the end of the Hundred Year War.

History[]

Prior to the Hundred Year War, many winged lemurs lived at the air temples. While relaxing one day at the Southern Air Temple, Aang and Gyatso flung some fruit pies at a few elder monks, and several winged lemurs took the opportunity to eat the splattered remains of the food.

After the Air Nomad Genocide, the winged lemurs were almost wiped out. Upon returning to the Southern Air Temple, Aang found and befriended the only known living lemur there and named him Momo. From that point onward, the lemur was a companion to Team Avatar and followed the group on their adventures.[4][5]

Anatomy[]

The winged lemur is equipped with large, membrane-like wings attached to its arms that allow it to take flight. It has a prominently black face with two proportionately large, green eyes, and its fur is mostly white with several black stripes. Other color markings and variations have been seen.[4] The winged lemur has two very wide, long ears on its head that give it fantastic hearing. It has a monkey-like tail, which is usually black with two white stripes at its tip. The winged lemur is very quick and agile and seems to have a very acute sense of smell, as it is able to detect food at a moderate distance.[5]

Behavior[]

A winged lemur with white fur flies across the surface of a river, lines on the water indicating the speed of its flight. Its green eyes are looking behind, as though it is being chased.

Momo was a winged lemur and companion of Team Avatar.

Winged lemurs are known for their high intelligence and rather skittish nature.[2] They were extremely popular with Air Nomad children and adults alike, and were considered to be the former's favorite pets. The airbenders trained them to do many tasks, one of which was to retrieve gliders if the nomads dropped them from their flying bison.[3] Winged lemurs are omnivorous. They love food and are not above taking it directly out of the hands of any person who might be holding some at the time. They like to be petted like dogs or cats,[6] though if they become frightened or threatened by an enemy, they will raise their back and hiss, much like a common house cat.[7]

Notable winged lemurs[]

Connection[]

Real world lemurs are similar in appearance to the winged lemur, with regards to body shape, color, and face. The coloration of their fur favors that of a sifaka, a species of lemur in the real world which is also critically endangered. The other half of the winged lemur's body structure as well as its wings resembles that of a spotted bat. Furthermore, the lemur resembles the common house cat in terms of its demeanor, curiosity, and reactions. Winged lemurs also share a few similarities with colugos, which are also referred to as the "flying lemurs" of the real world.

Trivia[]

  • Although Momo was believed to be the only known living winged lemur, Tho claimed to have seen one in a traveling circus.[8]
  • The winged lemurs have their own theme song; while it is normally fast and lively, the music is played in a slow, relaxed way while Momo is gorging himself.[10]
  • The way winged lemurs see the world resembles an image seen through a fisheye lens.[11]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 From older Welcome to Republic City online game, originally on Nick.com. Game now broken, archived at The Lost Lore of Avatar Korra - Ringed-Tailed Winged-Lemur.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Descriptions, Avatar: Generations. Navigator Games & Square Enix Mobile London (August 11, 2022). Square Enix.
  3. 3.0 3.1 From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com. Encyclopedia now broken, archived at The Lost Lore of Avatar Aang - Character: Momo.
  4. 4.0 4.1 DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & MacMullan, Lauren (director). (February 25, 2005). "The Southern Air Temple". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 3. Nickelodeon.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Throughout Avatar: The Last Airbender.
  6. Hamilton, Joshua (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (November 2, 2007). "The Runaway". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 7. Nickelodeon.
  7. Ehasz, Elizabeth Welch (writer) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (April 7, 2006). "Return to Omashu". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 3. Nickelodeon.
  8. Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (April 14, 2006). "The Swamp". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 4. Nickelodeon.
  9. DiMartino, Michael Dante & Konietzko, Bryan (May 6, 2008). "The Western Air Temple" commentary. Book 3: Fire, Volume 3 DVD.
  10. O'Bryan, John (writer) & Lioi, Anthony (director). (March 18, 2005). "The King of Omashu". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 5. Nickelodeon.
  11. Estoesta, Joann, Wahlander, Lisa, Huebner, Andrew, Scheppke, Gary, MacMullan, Lauren, Mattila, Katie, Ridge, Justin, Volpe, Giancarlo (writers) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (September 29, 2006). "The Tales of Ba Sing Se". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 15. Nickelodeon.

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