Scientists recently discovered that the aye-aye, a type of lemur found on the island of Madagascar, has a special trick for finding food.
The aye-aye eats insects that live beneath the bark of trees. The aye-aye finds the insects by using his long middle finger to tap on the bark. Before he starts tapping, the aye-aye increase the energy flowing to its finger. As the finger heats up, it activates nerve endings that act like radar.
Insects don’t stand a chance against an aye-aye’s warm finger.
Can you think of any other animals that find their food this way?
The answer is: none. The aye-aye is unique.
To learn more about the aye-aye and his special finger, read this mongabay.com story.