by, Jan Fenimore
This is a creature that lives high in the trees
where he eats and sleeps and travels with ease
and hides safely in the leaves, if you please.
He has a unique way of finding food
by tapping like a woodpecker on the wood
of trunks and branches in his neighborhood.
To state he’s odd looking is easy to say
with bulging orange eyes and fur that’s gray
and bony long fingers for catching prey.
He moves about only at night
which keeps him out of a predator’s sight
since he doesn’t want to be anyone’s bite.
He has sharp teeth that continue to grow,
he’s like a lemur which is good to know
and can hang from a tree by his toe.
More Fun Aye-Aye Facts
Did You Know?
The aye-aye species exists only one place on earth, Madagascar, which is a large island off the coast of east Africa and the home to many unusual creatures.
Aye-ayes live in the tops of trees in rain or deciduous forests. Their diets consist of fruit, seeds, nectar, fungi, and insect larvae.
Their bodies are adapted to their environment with long fingers to tap on tree trunks or branches and pull out insects from inside the tree.
They have large ears to hear the sound produced by the tapping of hollow branches where they insects reside. Once found the aye-aye chews through the wood to get to the insects.
Their teeth wear down from this activity but continue to grow to replace what’s been worn away.
They have large eyes to help with night vision. Full grown, the aye-aye is about 3 feet long with a tail as long as the body.
They are nocturnal and more solitary than not.
About the Author
Jan Fenimore is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She has been published in various magazines. She also has a self-published multicultural novel, Chitra’s Secrets, available on Amazon.
Her children’s fiction has won or placed in numerous contests, most recently 5th place in Institute of Children’s Literature poetry contest.
Jan also has a picture book coming out in 2019 and another coming out in spring of 2020.