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March 16, 2009

Aye-Aye – Animal of the Week

Filed under: Uncategorized — smackamack @ 11:28 pm

ayeThis creepy looking thing is called an Aye-Aye, more specifically: Daubentonia Madagascariensis.  This rodent-like animal lives in Madagascar, so don’t worry, it wont come get you!  This animal is very very interesting…look at all the cool stuff I found out!

1. Largest nocturnal primate.

2. Unusual method of finding food by tapping on trees, then gnawing holes in the wood, then inserting its elongated middle finger into  it and pulling it out.

3. Classified as Near Threatened by IUCN.

aye_aye_1sfw14. The original meaning of the name Aye-aye has been lost, as the originating language is extinct. There is a hypothesis that the word “aye aye” signifies simply a cry of alarm to alert others to the presence of this animal, which many consider an ill omen.

5. Was thought to be extinct until later rediscovered in 1961…

6.  Besides being a general nuisance in villages, ancient Malagasy legend said that the Aye-aye was a symbol of death. It is viewed as a good omen in some areas, however, but these areas are a minority.

7. Researchers in Madagascar report remarkable fearlessness in the Aye-aye; some accounts tell of individual animals strolling nonchalantly in village streets or even walking right up to naturalists in the rainforest and sniffing their shoes. Therefore, it is no wonder that displaced animals often raid coconut plantations or steal food in villages. 

aye-aye_daubentonia_madagascariensis_28.  The Aye-aye is often viewed as a harbinger of evil and killed on sight. Others believe that should one point its long middle finger at you, you were condemned to death. Some say the appearance of an Aye-aye in a village predicts the death of a villager, and the only way to prevent this is to kill the Aye-aye. The Slavaka people go so far as to claim Aye-ayes sneak into houses through the thatched roofs and murder the sleeping occupants by using their middle finger to puncture the victim’s aorta.

9. Incidents of Aye-aye killings increase every year as its forest habitats are destroyed and it is forced to raid plantations and villages. Because of the superstition surrounding it, this often ends in death. On the other hand, the superstition can prevent people from hunting them for food.

I don’t know about y’all, but those are some creepy mother fuckers that I would kill too!


1 Comment »

  1. Serious creepers. Maybe we are related.

    Comment by caitlin — March 17, 2009 @ 1:20 pm | Reply

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