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What The Heck Is An Aye-Aye?


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In Madagascar, Aye-Ayes, christened the “demon primate,” are considered evil omens. There’s a superstition that if an Aye-Aye points its middle finger at you, you are condemned to death. The Malagasy believe the only way to reverse the curse is to kill the Aye-Aye on sight. Combine that with habitat loss and the result is an incredibly unique species of lemur being driven to extinction. This is an Aye-Aye.

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And this is why you should care.

1.The Aye-Aye Is Your Spirit Animal

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The Aye-Aye has an awkwardness that’s unmatched by any other animal. It would be a shame to lose such a relatable animal to extinction.

2. The Aye-Aye Has A Really Cool Super Power

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No, the Aye-Aye can’t kill you by sticking up its middle finger—a superpower some of us wish we had—but it can kill grubs by using this method. Take a closer look.

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The Aye-Aye uses its long, thin middle finger to tap on wood at an average speed of eight times per second. It then puts its bat-like ears to the bark and listens for movement. If grubs are present it’ll use its sharp teeth to gnaw at the bark. Then the Aye-Aye will stick its gnarly middle finger into the tree and scrape around for the poor, unsuspecting grub. Pretty cool, huh? This talent would be lost if Aye-Ayes were to go extinct.

3.They’re Endemic To Madagascar

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The only wild population of Aye-Ayes is found in Madagascar. It would be a tragedy to lose that population.

4.They’re Actually Kind Of Cute

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You know, in an ugly pug kind of way.

To learn more about Aye-Ayes and join in on the conversation about saving this endangered species click here.

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Kayla Diamond


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