Simply 6 Minutes: Aye-Aye!

This little fellow is an aye-aye, which is a lemur, which means it’s a primate, which means it’s a distant relative of ours. Some of my closer relatives look like him, though I won’t say who. My guess is that they know who they are.

According to Wikipedia, which as everyone knows is The Blogger’s Best Friend™, these have a very long and thin middle finger, which is apparently for getting grubs out of trees. They bite a hole into the tree, then dig the grubs out with their middle finger. About all I ever did with my middle finger is give it to people, mostly my brothers.

Which reminds me: Giving the finger seems to be one of those things people do a lot of on Instagram. It doesn’t bother me per se, but I do find it a little odd.

Aye-ayes live in the trees mostly, which means they eat, sleep, travel, and mate in the trees. They occasionally come to the ground. My guess is they relieve themselves there. I hope they don’t end up on the ground while they’re mating. Falling out of trees is no fun. Even if you’re an aye-aye. I mean, it’s painful enough, then you have to deal with all your friends laughing at you when you climb back up.

We should have a "name the aye-aye" contest….

Christine Bialczak runs Simply 6 Minutes.

13 thoughts on “Simply 6 Minutes: Aye-Aye!

  1. You make me laugh right from the start. I love it – name the Aye-Aye Contest! How fun?!?!?! Thanks for participating. I think I have a relative or two that resemble the aye-aye!


  2. Looks like a creature from Labyrinth (the Bowie movie). As a huge Gerald Durrell fan, I’ve read his book, “The Aye-Aye and I”. It was his last book and is as funny and wonderful as his earlier ones (although I think “My Family and Other Animals” will always be a standout).

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      1. Very famous conservationist. His books are autobiographical, although I am sure there’s a little bit a humour-licence in there. He is a very big reason why I became an environmental scientist.

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