According to local legends, the aye-aye is a demon that can kill just by pointing a finger. Not quite... but if you're a grub, its bizarre middle digit can be a deadly weapon.
This is the aye-aye, a kind of lemur, found only on the island of Madagascar.
Local legends cast it as a demon, a creature that can kill just by pointing a finger.
The truth is more natural than supernatural...but they're right about the finger.
To find its prey, it uses a multi-purpose digit.
The changes in sound build a mental map of hollow channels inside.
It cups its ears to gather the slightest vibration that could signify something to eat...like a grub.
Sharp incisors rip away the bark.
Its bony middle finger changes roles from a scanner...to a scraper.
It claws in and out of gaps, enlarging the hole.
The grub doesn't know what the aye-aye is, but it does know what it means-death if it can't wriggle away.
The aye-aye locks in. The finger transforms into a hook. A sharp fingernail impales the grub.
It's dragged up, out-and into-the aye-aye's mouth.