Saturday, October 29, 2005

AYE AYE LEMURS - Will the lemurs survive the destruction of Madagascar's forests? has this article on the plight of the lemurs of Madagascar, including the aye-aye.
The devilish-looking aye-aye is condemned to death on sight. It is said to creep up on sleeping people, insert its long, ball-and-socket-joined middle finger into an ear and pull out their brains. (In fact it does nothing more sinister with this remarkable digit than pluck insect larvae out of trees.) It is now highly endangered; only its wide distribution and nocturnal nature have kept it from disappearing altogether.