ultrafacts:Aye-ayes have a number of unusual traits, including…


Aye-ayes have a number of unusual traits, including a long, bony, witch-like middle finger that they use to pry insects and grubs from tree trunks. Perhaps due to their appearance, these gentle, harmless animals are often killed because of a local superstition that aye-ayes are harbingers of death. Some believe that if an aye-aye points its middle finger at you, it’s a death sentence. None of this is true, of course. These primates are usually harmless to humans & are nocturnal foragers. [x]

The middle finger is used to tap at trunks and the sound produced reveals cavities where insects might be found. Video: [x]


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