Aye, ‘Tis Another C.O. First!

We’ve never featured these little maniacs before! (Be sure to have your Speakers UP for some Quality Squeeks, too.) This critter happens to be an Aye-Aye. if that leaves you scratching your head, you’re not alone. There are just 27 Aye-Ayes in all of North America! Her name is Fady (“FAW DEE,”) which means “taboo” in Malagasy.

Raise your hands, everyone who knew that.

(Tastefully Offensive.)



  1. What a cute little guy. It looks like a bat without wings.

  2. They’re related to lemurs and other prosimians in Madagascar. When John Cleese did his wonderful PBS show about lemurs, he said that aye-ayes looked like cats that had been caught in the microwave. He’s right. I have an aye-aye stuffy that’s so ugly it’s adorable.

  3. Tim McDaniel says:

    I’m a supporter of the Duke Lemur Center, from back in the days when it was the Duke University Primate Center and I “adopted” a Coquerel’s sifaka. I took a docent tour inside the cages — SOOO great. Go lemurs! Frink! Whoo!

    This looks like a depressed rat with bad mange. Like a meth-riddled gremlin. Like a drunk chihuahua fell asleep in a washing machine.

    We concentrate too much on the cute animals and neglect the more endangered ones that aren’t charismatic megafauna. Nevertheless … it is Not Cute.

  4. It looks like a Jim Henson creature. It’s so cute that not being able to hug it right now is physically painful. I can’t fathom how the zoo keeper was able to stop herself from cradling it to her chest and cooing like an idiot.

  5. Isn’t there a Rule of Cuteness regarding enormous ears? also, oh my god the squeaks

  6. Edit: and the HANDS the leetle HANDS!

  7. Those ears! @AB, you’re spot-on, that’s totally a Jim Henson creature. Precious sweetie.

  8. Cleese’s lemur special was terrific. I rather liked him talking affectionately to the aye-aye, giving it a treat, and then turning to the camera and saying softly “My GOD, it’s ugly.” (But I’d say it’s a fine example of Ugly Cute.)

  9. If a lemur and a bat and possibly a chihuahua somehow got together, this would be their offspring. I agree with Tim McDaniel that it’s not classically beautiful but not cute??? Nope, can’t agree there. I think this little critter is absolutely adorable!! 🙂

  10. I love the squeaking. Eegk Eegk!

  11. I love his Albert Einstein hair style. ❤

  12. I believe you are mistaken. That is not an aye-aye, that is a character from the beloved children’s movie “Labyrinth”. Duh! 😉

  13. No, no, no, you guys, you got it all wrong. This is the prototype for Dobby the House Elf!

  14. They’re fine little creatures, but they look like Delirium Tremens. If you noticed the weird long skinny middle fingers, they’re used to poke into holes to get out tasty bugs and grubs. The ears are to listen for the bugs in the holes.

  15. Jenny Islander says:

    Fun fact: She’s named Taboo because they couldn’t find any Malagasy translations for “Creepy McCreepersons, like, freaky, man, stay away.” In Madagascar, aye-ayes are seen as basically little furry evil eye critters. It’s the fingers that skeeve people out.

    But she’s certainly cute!

  16. @Rachael + @Saffron. You left out the Chinese Crested plus the hairless gpeeegs that were involved way back in the genealogy. I say adorable.

  17. AB,glad mom Aye was there to take back her baby,poor girl.

  18. Badá Rock says:

    So precious! And the crazy gaze! And the little hands! And the squeaks! My goodnes, I’m crazy about her already!

  19. oh, i love aye-ayes. i used to have a pic of one as my computer’s wallpaper. they’re definitely in the “so ugly they’re cute” category — in fact, they take that concept to a whole ‘nother level. super adorable, in their own grotesque way.

    (hmm.. grotesque… like gargoyles… maybe i’ve stumbled — er, freudian-slipped — onto something…)