Ayes Ayes have to be one of the weirdest looking creatures to walk our green earth. If you’d have to describe these odd creatures then a cross between a Gremlin, Pokemon and a rat who accidentally ate a large stash Crystal Meth, is probably the most accurate description. Even though these Ayes Ayes look like they crawled from the underworld and went straight to work hiding in children’s bedrooms, these creatures are in fact primates. The Aye Aye is the largest primate that lives and hunts at night, and they are also the only known primates to use Echolocalisation to find prey.
Luckily for us, we humans are not on the menu as they mostly eat wood-boring insect larvae. Ayes Ayes use their inanely creepy long middle finger to tap on trees and locate the grubs, then it uses the same finger to fish them out.
Aye Ayes can only be found living high up in the trees of Madagascar. Maybe not surprisingly, the Madagascan natives have stapled the Aye Aye as unholy terror and refer to them as demon primates or messengers from hell. They believe that if one points at you with its freakishly oversized fingers, the Aye Ayes puts a deadly curse on you. The only way to break this curse is to kill these creatures on sight, which they have been doing for hundreds of years. The natives have been so frantic at it that the Aye Aye Lemur is now an endangered species. I know this means we are officially entitled to care but in this case I am not sure if I feel sorry or relieved. The animal lover inside me can’t help to feel pity for this bizarre animal. On the other hand, I don’t live in Madagascar and I am not exposed to the daily risk of finding one of these things lurking under my blanket!