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10 scary animals that are totally harmless

Aug. 25, 2010, 11:35 a.m.
A human holds an aye-aye

Photo: Chris Corwin/Flickr

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Aye-aye

This gremlin-looking creature is actually a primate found in Madagascar. Aye-ayes have a number of unusual traits, including a long, bony, witch-like middle finger that they use to pry insects and grubs from tree trunks.

Perhaps due to their appearance, these gentle, harmless animals are often killed because of a local superstition that aye-ayes are harbingers of death. Some believe that if an aye-aye points its middle finger at you, it's a death sentence.

None of this is true, of course. These primates are peaceful, nocturnal foragers.