12 Aug '12, 6am

Seeking the world's strangest primate on a tropical island paradise [archive]

Seeking the world's strangest primate on a tropical island paradise [archive]

Befriending an Aye-aye Gerald Durrell's encounter The late Gerald Durrell, a prominent naturalist, had an amazing first encounter with the aye-aye. He describes his experience in his book The Aye-aye and I , "Then, to my alarm, it discovered my ear. 'Here' is seemed to say to itself, 'must lurk a beetle larva of royal proportions and of the utmost succulence.' It fondled my ear as a gourmet fondles a menu and then, with great care, it inserted its thin fingers. I resigned myself to deafness -- move over, Beethoven, I said to myself, here I come. To my astonishment, I could hardly feel the finger as it searched my ear like a radar probe for hidden delicacies. Finding my ear bereft of tasty and fragrant grubs, it uttered another faint 'humph' of annoyance and climbed up into the branches again." The aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis). Photo copyright David Haring of the ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2005/0417d-rhett_butler.html

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defensenews.com 13 Aug '12, 2pm

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