Aye-Ayes Use Echolocation to Find Their Next Meal


The aye-aye is an interesting animal related to chimpanzees and apes. Some people consider this creature bad luck.

Aye-ayes are only found on the island of Madagascar. These animals do not look like primates at first sight, but they are family to monkeys and humans. Aye-ayes have dark brown or black fur and bushy tails that are larger than their bodies. They measure 14-17 inches long from their heads to the base of their tails, which are 22-24 inches long.

These primates also have big eyes, slender fingers, and sensitive ears. The sharp claws on their fingers and toes, allow them to dangle from branches.

Aye-ayes rarely come down from their homes in rain forest trees. They are nocturnal animals and spend the day curled up in nests of leaves and branches.

Retreating from the trees, they use their sensitive ears to find food. They tap on tree bark with their center fingers and listen for insects moving within trees. When they find insects, they poke their long center fingers under the bark and pull the insects out. This process of identifying their surroundings using sound is called echolocation. Aye-ayes are the only known member of the primate family that use echolocation.

These animals have quite an interesting lifestyle to go along with their unique appearance. They are one of many unusual animals in the world.

[Source: National Geographic]

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