Friday, October 07, 2005

AYE-AYE LEMURS - National Geographic Kids Magazine

The fall issue of the National Geographic Kids Magazine has a cover and feature on those spectacularly odd looking creatures, the Aye-Aye lemurs of Madagascar.
The aye-aye's odd-looking fingers, pointy teeth, big eyes, and huge ears give some people the creeps. Seeing an aye-aye is considered very bad luck to many superstitious residents of Madagascar, the African island country where these animals live in the wild. In parts of the country, people kill aye-ayes on sight, hoping to prevent anything "evil" from happening. The aye-aye's bad reputation isn't helped by the fact that it's active only at night, when things can seem a lot scarier to people.