Animal of the day – 12/14/2010 – The Aye-aye


The animal of the day is the Aye-aye. (Did you know: Ok. Sometime back, I said the tarsier looked like a child of Gollum from lord of the rings. Well, meet his creepy little brother.

The Aye-aye is actually a type of lemur found only in Madagascar. It has a super creepy long middle finger [not used for flipping people the bird] that it sticks down holes to pull out worms and grubs. In this way, it fulfills the roll of a woodpeckers in it’s native habitat by getting grubs that live in the bark of trees.

Notice the long middle finger

Aye-Aye’s were originally categorized as rodents due to the fact that their incisors never stop growing [like all rodents], but later discoveries led scientists to classify it as a lemur. It doesn’t help that indigenous people in Madagascar consider the aye-aye an omen of death.

Creepy tree rat.


8 thoughts on “Animal of the day – 12/14/2010 – The Aye-aye

  1. Aw. AWE! Such a cute little Madagascar native! The head of a squirrel, ears of a cat, and eyes of a lemur, all rolled into a fuzzy wuzzy bad hair day! What more could you ask of a God that never ceases to amaze us! Thank you God for your incredible diversity of creation!

    • Okay, “eyes of a lemur” was a little clumsy and obvious, but I couldn’t think of any other animal with eyes like that! Lemurs are my favorite zoo animal, though I don’t think I’ve ever seen this particular variety in a zoo. So cute!

  2. …the feet, however, are really, REALLY weird,…and on the creepy side! It has incredibly long toes for such a tiny little critter!!!

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