Monday, March 29, 2010

Superstitious Villagers kill harmless animal

The Aye-aye, a primate native to Madagascar is now considered to be 'at risk' for perhaps one of the most unfortunate reasons. It is partly to do with deforestation, but if it becomes extinct, that won't be the reason. Superstitious Madagascan villagers believe that the cute little creature is a "harbinger of evil" and that if one points its finger at you, then you are condemned to death. It is for this reason that Aye-aye's are often killed on sight, which is a terrible shame.

Here is a video showing the Aye-aye's unusual method of eating.



  1. My immediate thought after reading this was:

    "Natural selection - Competition between organisms - it's a harsh world"