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Aye aye

Daubentonia madagascariensis

  • Their middle finger taps up to 11 times a second. That’s faster than some of the world’s elite piano players.
  • Completely nocturnal, aye ayes rely on echolocation to find food, a bit like dolphins.
  • Their wiry hairs can grow up to 22cm long.
  • Just like rodents, their teeth will continue to grow throughout their lives.
  • Aye ayes are steeped in superstition. Local Malagasy people believe those pointed at by the mysterious finger will meet their death.

 

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The real life ET

Watch the aye aye's specialised finger heat up 6 degrees to hunt for food.