Aye-Aye


Did you know this real-life crittur is as strange as any Alebrijes? The Aye-Aye lemur from Madagascar …

… only weighs about 6 lbs, but they have teeth that literally can chew through concrete. Their weird middle finger is essentially creepy, as are their staring yellow eyes and scruffy hair. They are the only mammal known to use echolation like bats, by tapping this finger on wood to locate the grubs they eat, and then using that finger to fish the grubs out. Unfortunately, some people believe that if the Aye-Aye points that finger at you, you are cursed ,and they kill the poor things whenever they can. The result is about 20 Aye-ayes left in captivity and probably about 100 in the wild.

Art done with Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Daniel Smith watercolors on Hahnemühle Rough Watercolor Postcard.

Any Andre Norton scifi book fans around? The first time I saw a picture of the Aye-Aye lemur from Madagascar,I screamed “It’s Eet!”, one of her characters from the ‘Zero Stone’.

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