Jan 30, 2006

Knock Knock

Lemurs can be goofy looking creatures. The aye aye is one of the ugliest. This four-pound, nocturnal creature hails from Eastern Madagascar.

Take a look at those paws. See how one of the fingers is extra big, and one is extra skinny? That is because they roam around in the dark, knocking on tree trunks with those big fingers. Once they come across a hollow sounding spot, they dig their skinny digit in to extract grubs to grub on.

Photo courtesy: www.di-link.com.

Aye ayes are the only primate known to use ecolocation. They tend to live solitary lives, but are sometimes found in pairs. We believe that is a testimony to their ugliness. They cannot abide each other's appearance, even in the dark.

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