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.