Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Can I have one, mom, huh, huh, can I?

Found on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia after an eight decade absence, these tiny nocturnal insectivores are reminiscent of the gremlins that were seen in the 1984 movie of the same name.
Researchers were hunting for the pygmy tarsiers that weigh 2 oz in order to fit them with tracking collars. An anthropology professor from Texas A&M had her finger bitten by one when she was putting a collar on one of them; they have the ability to turn their heads 180 degrees (move over, Linda Blair).
Although the lil creatures are of the primate family, they have claws instead of fingernails. They are the smallest and rarest primates on the planet and are probably house broken so chances are they wouldn't make that good of a pet. Besides, they don't like bright light and should NEVER EVER eat after midnight.

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