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First twin aye-ayes born in captivity
The aye-aye is a type of lemur that was once thought to be extinct
About Aye-Aye

Aye-ayes can be found only on the island of Madagascar. These rare animals may not look like primates at first glance, but they are related to chimpanzees, apes, and humans.

Aye-ayes spend their lives in rain forest trees and avoid coming down to earth. They are nocturnal, and spend the day curled up in a ball-like nest of leaves and branches. The nests appear as closed spheres with single entry holes, situated in the forks of large trees.

While perched aloft, the aye-aye taps on trees with its long middle finger and listens for wood-boring insect larvae moving under the bark. It employs the same middle finger to fish them out. The digit is also useful for scooping the flesh out of coconuts and other fruits that supplement the animal's insect diet.

Fast Facts 

Common Name: Aye-Aye

Scientific Name: Daubentonia madagascariensis

Type: Mammals

Diet Omnivores

Average life span in the wild: 20 years 

Size: Head and body, 14 to 17 in; tail, 22 to 24 in

Weight: 4 lbs

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