The aye-aye is just as keen as any other animal to get amorous, but attempting to mate in a tree can have its downfalls – quite literally.
Hidden cameras filming for Channel 4’s The Secret Life of the Zoo, captured a hapless male aye-aye – a type of lemur – failing on his first attempt to get lucky with a female.
The footage seen in tonight’s episode shows virgin aye-aye Raz, a new arrival at the zoo, toppling out of a tree and landing flat on his back following a failed first attempt to mount his new mate, Mamy.
Raz (right) the nine-year-old aye-aye plucks up the courage to approach his female mate Mamy (left) but things get off to a bumpy start
Mamy is left in the tree alone when Raz loses his grip and falls to the ground after trying to mate with her for the first time
Raz has been brought up by humans and so it was his first experience at trying to mate with his own kind. He fails but doesn’t give up
Raz was brought up by humans and is a new arrival at Chester Zoo, where he lives with older aye-aye Mamy.
Viewers witness his first attempts to mount his housemate on the show.
One of the world’s largest nocturnal animals, the aye-aye is native to the island of Madagascar.
The unfortunate looking creature is distinguished by its enormous round eyes, bushy tail and long, slender fingers.
They spend their lives in the trees of the rain forest and tend to avoid the ground, a habit Raz discovers isn’t always easy to stick to as a beginner to mating.
‘This being Raz’s first time with another female aye-aye, it’s all a bit fumbles in the dark at the moment,’ Mark the zookeeper explains on the show.
Mamy (both images) the female aye-aye is in for a rough ride on the Channel 4 show
The nocturnal aye-aye is a type of lemur native to the island of Madagascar
‘Eventually when Raz summoned up the courage to try and mate Mamy, it all went a bit pear-shaped…’
The footage shows plucky Raz scrambling up a tree to his mate using his spindly fingers for grip.
But he loses his footing and squawks as he falls to the floor.
But undeterred, Raz goes back for a second attempt.
The unfortunate looking creature is characterised by it’s big round eyes, bushy tail and slender long fingers
‘The second time, he didn’t even get a foot on the branch he just fell right off her back,’ Mark continues. ‘He’s making all sorts of mistakes.’
The keeper remains optimistic that Raz will eventually get it right.
Laughing Mark adds of Raz’s first-time failure: ‘We’ve all been there, and hopefully with a bit of practice he will get to fourth base soon.
‘We can have little aye-ayes in the future.’
It’s not just the aye-ayes that are looking to find their forever friend, the zoo’s cheeky orangutans also end up getting frisky while chasing away neighbouring otters.
Juvenile male Bornean orangutan Willie has decided to demonstrate his virility to breeding female Sarikei.
The mischievous animals try and bang the otters out of their holt but they are not budging to the sounds of Willie (right) making noise
His tough behaviour earns him a little kiss from Sarikei, which keepers think might be the sign of a future relationship
Could this be the first signs of love between the two orangutans?
Male Bornean orangutan Willie (left) decides to demonstrate his virility to breeding female Sarikei (right) on the show
After two Indonesian short-clawed otters were introduced into the orangutans’ habitat, Willie chases the two otters into their house, or holt – and decides to thump on their roof for good measure.
His tough behaviour impresses Sarikei so favourably it earns Willie a kiss – which could be the start of a beautiful romance.
The Secret Life of the Zoo airs tonight at 8pm on Channel 4