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An aye-aye’s body is similar in size to a monkey’s. But its sharp teeth are similar to a rat’s. And the animal’s bushy tail looks like a squirrel’s. In fact, scientists originally thought aye-ayes were rodents rather than primates.

An aye-aye’s tail is longer than its head and body. The tail can be up to 24 inches (61 cm) in length. An aye-aye’s head and body are usually just 14 to 17 inches (36–43 cm) long.

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Making Connections


Would you want to see an aye-aye? Why or why not?


Have you read books about other animals that hunt at night? How are those animals similar to or different from aye-ayes?


Aye-ayes face threats, but some people are taking action to help them. What other jobs involve working with animals?

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