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Strange Looking Aye-Aye

The aye-aye is a nocturnal animal which is kind of like a small lemur. These nocturnal creatures live on trees on the island of Madagascar. They have dark brown or black fur, big, bushy tails and with their big eyes, they can see in the dark.

On each of their hands, they have one very long finger they use to tap on tree branches and wood pieces. By tapping they can hear insect larvae moving inside the wood. When they know it is there they just scoop it out and have a meal.

They are omnivorous so they eat insect meat and also plants. Aye-ayes can also use their long fingers to scoop out food from coconuts and other kinds of fruit.  There are people who think that aye-ayes are spooky creatures. Unfortunately, they are threatened by habitat destruction so there are laws protecting them.

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