The animal that is protected by the legends
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The animal that is protected by the legends

A hunter creeps through the jungle. He hears a rustling in the trees. He looks up. What animal is it? He can just see brown fur. It must be a monkey. The hunter grips his spear tightly, and gets ready to throw it then the leaves open. Just as the hunter is going to throw his spear, he sees the animal and stops. ItÂ’s not a monkey, itÂ’s an indri.The hunter can remember the legends about indris. The legends say that the animal is sacred. They say it cannot be harmed and if a hunter throws a spear at it, the legends say that the indri will catch the spearÂ…. and throw it back.

A hunter creeps through the jungle. He hears a rustling in the trees. He looks up. What animal is it? He can just see brown fur. It must be a monkey. The hunter grips his spear tightly, and gets ready to throw it then the leaves open. Just as the hunter is going to throw his spear, he sees the animal and stops. It’s not a monkey, it’s an indri.

INDRI

The hunter can remember the legends about indris. The legends say that the animal is sacred. They say it cannot be harmed and if a hunter throws a spear at it, the legends say that the indri will catch the spear…. and throw it back.

Many stories like this protect the indri. In fact, it is a shy, harmless animal. It lives on the island of Madagascar. The indri is not a true monkey. It is a member of a family of animals called lemurs. The indri got its name in a silly way. In fact, the natives call it “the dog of the forest” because it has face like a dog but one day, a European scientist was walking through the forest. He had with him a native guide. Suddenly, they saw one of these animals, and the guide said “Indri izy !”. in native language this means “There it is !” but the scientist thought that ‘indri’ was the animal’s name.

Another native name for it is babakota. This means ‘little man’. It has a black head, shoulders and arms, but the rest of its fur is a beautiful light brown. Its eyes are bright red. It has strange feet. The big toe is ‘opposable’ that is, it can close from the opposite direction to the other toes, like a thumb. All the other toes are webbed, like a duck’s.

The indri can move very fast through the tree. It feeds on leaves, shoots and fruit. It has big, strong hands, specially designed for swinging from branch to branch, and for picking fruits.

There is another member of the lemur family in Madagascar. It is called the aye-aye. The aye-aye is about the size of a cat. It has a special hand, with a very long third finger.

 AYE-AYE

This is useful when the aye-aye goes hunting. It searches for grubs, It bites through the wood under which the grubs are hiding then it pokes out the grubs with this long finger, and eats them with great pleasure.

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very interesting

Interesting legend of the interesting Indri, thanks....like/tweet/stumbled!

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