12 September 2011

bestiary: aye aye

just about everything i read about these guys is new to me. aye-ayes are nocturnal, spend their life in rainforest trees (in eastern madagascar mainly), and are the largest of nocturnal primates. they kind...woodpeck...with their long, slender middle fingers to get at insects within branches and trees. until i read it, all signs indicated a very timid creature but they're apparently quite fearless. they've been spotted just kind of strolling through villages or don't mind cozying up to people in the wild, if they're there. on the flip side, they're known as omens and are killed on the spot by locals who believe this. daubentonia madagascariensis in moleskine.

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