Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Gide's potto

I haven't had much luck tracking down the story of Gide's potto. It appears the book, Dindiki, is out of print in both French and English; there's a secondhand copy going on amazon.fr for 76 euro.

An
essay by Pierre-Edmond Robert reports that Dindiki, sadly, did not live very long. No wonder, since Gide fed him on jam and condensed milk (here's what pottos in captivity should eat).

There's a picture of Gide with Dindiki
here. A lot of writers refer to Gide's pet as a sloth or a monkey. It seems to be the fate of prosimians to be misunderstood!

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