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The world's smallest, rarest monkeys

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by TruBlueCowboy, Aug 24, 2006.

  1. TruBlueCowboy

    TruBlueCowboy New Member

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    Zoo fights to save surviving albino Pygmy monkey
    Last updated at 19:35pm on 24th August 2006

    What a pair - these funny little creatures are albino Pygmy Marmoset monkeys, born at the Froso Zoo in Ostersund, Sweden this week.

    But now one is fighting for its life after his twin brother died just hours after they became the first albinos of their breed to be born in captivity.

    The Pygmy Marmoset, the world's smallest monkey which all grown up reaches just 35cm and weighs barely 100 grams, is quite rare, but this albino pair is particularly unusual.

    The pair, pictured snuggled into a zookeeper's thumb almost as big as them, are twins, a common occurrence in Pygmy Marmosets, which are more likely to be born in pairs than single births.

    "We were so sorry when the twin died," said zoo owner Ake Netterstrom. "We put in all available resources to save him but that did not help. It was very sad but it is likely he had a lower immune defence because he was albino.

    "We don't have time to mourn him as we have to focus on saving the other one." The small squirrel-like critters are expert tree-climbers, they have ringed tails that are as long as their bodies and claws specially designed for scaling trees.

    They use their tiny teeth to gouge holes in tree bark and also nibble on tree vines and fruit.

    The monkeys, which are found in the wild in the upper Amazon basin in South America, are a popular exhibit in zoos and in captivity they can live for up to 11 years.

    They communicate with each other through high pitched clicks, squeaks, whistles, and trills.
  2. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    Unbelievable how small they are. My wife would want one, She loves monkeys. I hope the other one makes it.
  3. TruBlueCowboy

    TruBlueCowboy New Member

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    I thought it was a Photoshop edit when I first read it. I had no idea these things existed. They should breed those suckers. They'd be a hell of a lot more entertaining than hamsters and all the other "finger pets."
  4. WV Cowboy

    WV Cowboy Waitin' on the 6th

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    That explains who she married :lmao: :lmao2:

    Sorry, couldn't resist !:D
  5. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    Me...[​IMG]...But she loves me anyways.

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