Aye Aye

WE’VE MOVED HERE! COME SAY HELLO!

A monkey’s cousin who eats like a woodpecker, finds its way like a bat and somesay will stop at nothing to kill you in your sleep. Sounds like a case for The Proceedings if there ever was one!

dear gad's is that a chateau lafite '78

dear gad's is that a chateau lafite '78

You see it’s a woodpecker, ok its obviously not a woodpecker but as there aren’t any woodpeckers in Madagascar, this chap has evolved to fill that niche. It goes from tree to tree and with it’s long bony finger and taps the bark to see if there are any grubs in there. Much like woodpeckers do elsewhere in the world, if there are any tasty morsels it chews a hole and uses said long bony finger to pick them out.

The world’s largest nocturnal primate wanders through the woods tapping away, interestingly they are the only primate that uses echolocation to get around… a monkey-bat as it were. Aye aye have recently been observed to be rather affable fellows, the males socializing happily at the edges of their territory. They are however less gentlemanly when it comes to rumpy-pumpy and have been observed pulling other males off mid bonk so that they can have a go.

No-one knows where the aye-aye got its name. Some say that it is onomatopoeic. Others say it comes from the Malagasay word “heh heh,” which means “I don’t know”, and that when early Europeans arrived on the island they asked what that particulat animal was, the locals said they didn’t know. A similar hypothesis exists for the South American llama; when Spaniards arrived and wondered what the blazes those sheepy giraffey things were they asked the locals “Como se llama?”—what is its name? The natives, not yet speaking Spanish, quite reasonably surmised that these new mustachioed tall pointy-nosed chaps must call them llamas.

The aye-aye... world class fingerer

I digress… aye ayes are also somewhat fearless, and will happily wander right up to human. This fearlessness is often its downfall as its less than dashing looks have led the natives to fear it. Often regarded as a witch and a symbol of death its said by some tribes that if an aye aye points to you it means you are about to die, and the spell can only be broken by killing the hapless creature. Other tribes go as far to say that the aye aye creeps into camps at night and pushes its finger into your main artery.

There is a flip side to all this superstitious tish tosh and silliness, the natives avoid the aye aye like the grim reaper himself. Which means hopefully he can wander through the forest at night, squeaking like a bat and tapping away with his finger like the funny-looking woodpecker that he is.

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