If you're a Legend of Korra fan, you can probably spot a difference of the flying lemurs.

Poki the Flying Lemur. Description below.

The Flying Lemur is different from the one in Avatar the Last Airbender, Momo.
This lemur, Poki has more fluff in his ears and has white in his ears instead of brown. Poki's eyes are a salmon color instead of green. He has much more fur than Momo. The facial structure is different too, with the new type of flying lemurs having their face wider at the bottom. But their personality still stays the same from their ancestors. Of course, the best guess we could make is that Poki is a Ring-Tailed Flying Lemur, if you look at his tail. What happened in the 170 years to the lemurs is still unclear.

Momo the Flying Lemur, believed to be the reincarnation of Monk Gyatso. Comparison to Poki above.

If you dig in a little deeper into Avatar history, Avatar Aang discovers an island full of healthy sky bison and flying lemurs. What happened on the island is still unknown, and if you look closely, the sky bison in Legend of Korra have also had some changes to how they look. In Legend of Korra, there doesn't seem to be even one lemur that looks like Momo. They all have the new look.

Group of lemurs, standing in front of Avatar Aang

Many Legend of Korra fans think the Flying Lemur is a downgrade from how they originally looked. The truth is yet to be discovered.

  • Out of universe answer: My artistic friends claim that the quality of drawings in Legend of Korra is poorer than the last airbender. Appparently Nickelodeon had financial problems. I believe lack of quality is most obvious around the last episodes, especially when the giant mechabot attacks the city. So, they might have been the same Lemurs and Bisons but they look different because of the quality.
    – user65648
    Commented Nov 20, 2020 at 15:38
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    I don't know if this applies to lemurs, but the long hairs inside a cat's ear are called "Ear furnishings"
    – Peter M
    Commented Nov 20, 2020 at 17:23
  • I always thought Poki was simply older which explained the extra hair growing everywhere. He doesn't look like a young animal.
    – gowenfawr
    Commented Nov 20, 2020 at 22:05
  • @ user65648 I would disagree. The animation quality benefits from newer technology and generally looks better in LoK, especially for CGI. Compare the mech to, say, the air-bending door in TLA and the difference in quality is stark.
    – Rogue Jedi
    Commented Aug 12, 2021 at 3:16

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Distinct varieties

Infographic for RING-TAILED WINGED-LEMUR. Transcription below.

This infographic is taken from the now defunct, official game Welcome to Republic City.

Ring-tailed winged-lemurs are closely related to winged lemurs.

They have large membrane-like wings attached to their arms that allow them to take flights. A colony of ring-tailed winged-lemurs live on Air Temple Island amongst the sky bison and people. Momo, Aang’s beloved pet, was a rare and endangered winged-lemur that lived in the Southern Air Temple.

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