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Awwww, little pygmy marmosets

If you regularly read my blog, you will know that every now and then I go crazy over some cute animal, and I just have to then post pictures of the said animal on my blog.

This time, it's little pygmy marmosets. Look at these cute little babies, don't they just make you go "awwwwwww"?

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These are the smallest true monkeys in the world, found in the forests of South America (western Brazil, southeastern Colombia, eastern Ecuador, eastern Peru, and northern Bolivia). Other common names for them are the finger-monkey, or dwarf-monkey, based on their teeny-tiny size.


Most of these pictures are of baby pygmy marmosets - these are the ones that very adorably cling to human fingers. The adults are are larger, normally about 11-15 centimeters (not including the tail), hence can snugly sit in the palm of your hand.

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I wish, I wish, I wish I could keep a pair as a pet. When I was looking for pictures of pygmy marmosets, it seems that a lot of other people are also looking to make these things as their pets.

But I'm such a goddamn environmental hippie that I will say that it's best if people don't disturb the lives of these cute wild animals by buying them as pets. Let them live comfortably in the forest with their little families. There are also some statistics which show that some pygmy marmoset populations are negatively affected by the pet trade (Nowak, R.M. (1999) Walker's Mammals of the World. The John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore and London.)

So please don't try and get them as pets, and just console your soul by looking at cute pictures instead.

Further links:

Wikipedia
ARKive
Fact Zoo

17 comments:

  1. Madam you are different. Me, small baby animals creep me out. Maybe childhood trauma, I saw a newborn rat baby but couldn't do anything, so I avoid even pictures of those.

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    1. Ahaha, that's sort of funny XD

      Aww, but you cannot hate all baby animals just because of some hideous rat babies!

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    2. Somethings cant be explained. What to say. And I cant see snake pictures either. Doesnt matter what kind it is, if I see one I lose that night's sleep. I know I am creepy and I am weird.

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    3. Naah it doesn't make you creepy or weird. Everyone has their thing I suppose. I am extremely scared of moths for god's sake! I hate the way they flap around my face. That is a childhood thing too for me - when I was about 7, a moth erm, went up into my nose =o

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  2. I know they're not meant to be domesticated but I WANT ONE. or two. or ten.

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    1. Yeah, you'd pretty much have to get one for each finger, wouldn't you?

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    2. It would be like live finger puppets!

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  3. Cute pics!

    Welcome on board the A to Z Challenge! We shall have loads of fun exchanging comments and visits!

    #atozchallenge
    A to Z Challenge April 2012

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    1. Hi, thanks for the visit! Yup, I'm really excited for the challenge! I still have to put up the badge on my blog, but I can't wait to meet new bloggers like yourself =)

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  4. These would be cute until you accidentally stepped on one, thereby traumatizing yourself forever. Also, they don't fling miniature poo like their big brothers do, do they? Because that would instantly drop the cute factor to zero.

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    1. Well, be prepared to reduce the cuteness factor to zero. I was reading: they don't make great pets because they don't like living with humans,and they throw their feces at you. Ahaha, I find that kind of hilarious actually!

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  5. They are very cute, but I think my cat would see them as chow..haha. Plus it is way better to let them stay in the wild were they belong too. Also alot of primates throw poo, which is just eww..haha

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    1. Ahaha, these throw poo too :D
      But yeh, they should be kept in the wild.

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  6. Pygmy Marmoset is also called Cebuella pygmaea, which is the smallest primate in the world. It is an arboreal species native to the Amazonian Basin in Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, northern Bolivia, and Brazil. The small stature of the species (body length: 14–16 cm, weight: 120–140 g) enables the animal to exploit resources of tertiary foliage... Thank you.

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  7. I actually had one of these when I was a child. I was born and raised in Panama, and marmosets were sold on the street. They are sweet and cute when young, but as they grow older, they can be mean. They bite and pee and poop.They're not easy pets. I suggest a cat.

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    1. Wow, I didn't know they are commonly sold as pets in some places. Yeh, I read about the throwing poo thing, lol. I guess all primates do that.

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