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20 Interesting Aye-Aye Facts That Will Surprise You

If you are in search of one of the ugliest creatures on the face of this planet, welcome to Madagascar, where lives the weirdo – Aye-Aye! Yes, that’s the name of the animal we are about to talk of and trust us, this creature is weird and ugly, really weird and ugly! You don’t trust us? Fine! Let us learn 30 Aye-Aye facts and we are sure that when you are done reading, you will need to few minutes of loneliness to grasp the degree of oddity you will encounter.

But, before we start…

Scientific NameDaubentonia madagascariensis
Common NameAye-Aye
Dietary habitsOmnivore
Preys onFruits, larvae, insects
PredatorsBirds of prey, fossa and humans
Group BehaviorSolitary animal
Top Speed20 miles per hour or 32 kilometers per hour
Weight4 lbs. to 6 lbs. or, 2 kilos to 2.7 kilos
Size (length)12 inches to 15 inches or 30 centimeters to 40 centimeters
Skin typeFurry
ColorDark Brown or Black
Sexual Maturity Age2 years to 3 years
Life Span10 years to 23 years
Gestation Period170 days
Litter Size1
Weaning Age7 years
Population Size (Estimated)1,000 to 10,000
Conservation StatusEndangered
ThreatsHabitat loss and hunting
Distinctive FeaturesMiddle finger is elongated and has hooked claws. The finger can move independently.

Let’s start…

Interesting Aye-Aye Facts: 1-5

1. Aye-Aye is a primate and lives only and only in Madagascar, especially in north-eastern parts.

2. The appearance of Aye-Aye is very scary and people actually believe that this animal actually predicts death.

3. Despite the fact that this animal doesn’t really look like primate, it is actually a relative of apes, chimpanzees and humans.

4. It is actually a lemur species which lives in Madagascar’s deciduous forests and tropical rainforests.

5. The altitude at which they are usually found is 700 meters.

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6. Because people think that the Aye-Aye predicts death, they hunt and kill this animal. Also, people hold the belief that Aye-Aye is a crop pest, which is yet another reason why they hunt and kill this creature.

7. Loss of habitat (decline in forests) is yet another reason why Aye-Aye population is gradually decreasing and now it is considered as endangered species.

8. This animal is very small and reaches a maximum length of 17 inches. The minimum length is 14 inches. This length is measured excluding its tail.

9. The tail of the animal is way longer than its body. The tail alone measures 24 inches.

10. The creature has large eyes of golden color, which glow in the dark.

Interesting Aye-Aye Facts: 11-15

11. The body of this animal is covered with deep brown or black hair and a few white hairs can be seen here and there on the body.

12. Its ears are very large and naked and it is capable of acute hearing.

13. Aye-Aye, when first discovered, was actually believed to be rodent. Some scientists actually thought it to be a giant squirrel. However, it was later found that it was actually a lemur.

14. Despite the fact that Aye-Aye is a lemur, it is one really ugly animal with combined features of many other animals. The claws of this primate are like that of a sloth. Its incisors are like that of a rodent. Its body is like that of a monkey and its face looks like a weasel.

15. Aye-Aye barely comes down from trees. It builds several nests in its territory using leaves and twigs and frequently keeps changing nests in order to escape from predators.

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16. Aye-Aye never follows anything called mating season. It mates anytime during the whole year.

17. Female Aye-Ayes have persistent oogenesis. This means that they are capable of reproducing throughout their entire lifetime, that is, until they die.

18. When the females are ready for mating, they produce high-pitched calls. These mating calls make the males aggressive as they fight over mating rights.

19. Female Aye-Ayes are polyandrous. In simple language, during the breeding period, they will mate with not just one male but with multiple males.

20. Of all nocturnal primates, Aye-Ayes are the largest of all.

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