Aye-aye – amazing living thing
Aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) is an unusual-looking animal. It is a member of a group of primitive primates known as Prosimians, most of which are lemurs. This animal is the only surviving member of the family Daubentoniidae. When it was first encountered by Europeans, it was incorrectly classified as a rodent.
It is covered with a coat of coarse blackish-brown hair. The animal has very large, sensitive ears, sharp, rodent-like teeth and long, claw-like fingers and toes. Aye-aye is 38 to 46 centimeters long and has a bushy tail measures 41 to 56 centimeters long. The animal weighs between 2 and 3 kilograms. Its diet consists of fruit (especially coconuts), wood-boring insect larvae, bamboo shoots, sugarcane, and some small animals. The aye-aye’s large ears allow it to hear insect larvae moving beneath the bark of trees.
They are nocturnal (active at night) creatures. This animal builds a nest in the fork of a large tree for shelter during the day. Several animals may share the same home range, but they are solitary animals, except for mothers with young.
A female aye-aye usually gives birth to a single infant every two to three years.
Aye-ayes live in eastern, northern, and northwestern Madagascar, an island off the southeast coast of Africa.
The main threat to the aye-aye is habitat destruction, but they are also at risk because of superstitious fear. People believe the aye–aye is an evil omen and brings misfortune and even death.
They have lived for as long 26 years in captivity.
Aye-aye appears in the popular cartoon Madagascar and The Penguins of Madagascar. There his name is Maurice, a wise adviser of extravagant and boastful king of lemurs.