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 Name||Daubentonia madagascariensis|
|Preys on||Fruits, larvae, insects|
|Predators||Birds of prey, fossa and humans|
|Group Behavior||Solitary animal|
|Top Speed||20 miles per hour or 32 kilometers per hour|
|Weight||4 lbs. to 6 lbs. or, 2 kilos to 2.7 kilos|
|Size (length)||12 inches to 15 inches or 30 centimeters to 40 centimeters|
|Color||Dark Brown or Black|
|Sexual Maturity Age||2 years to 3 years|
|Life Span||10 years to 23 years|
|Gestation Period||170 days|
|Weaning Age||7 years|
|Population Size (Estimated)||1,000 to 10,000|
|Threats||Habitat loss and hunting|
|Distinctive Features||Middle finger is elongated and has hooked claws. The finger can move independently.|
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.
Interesting Aye-Aye Facts: 6-10
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.