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Furby like Pygmy Tarsier Rediscovered

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Pygmy Tarsiers, a furby like nocturnal primate native to central Sulawesi, Indonesia but not seen alive in 85 years, have been rediscovered.

Pygmy Tarsiers weighing 2 ounces (57 grams), have big eyes and are covered in dense coats of fur to protect themselves from a cool habitat.

Until now it was presumed that the Pygmy Tarsiers were extinct, with the last sighting in the wild dating back to 1921.In 2000, two Indonesian scientists reported they had accidentally trapped and killed a pygmy tarsier, but despite efforts following the discovery, none had been spotted alive in their native habitat, until now.

Three specimens of the pygmy tarsier were trapped and tracked this summer on Mount Rorekatimbo in Lore Lindu National Park in Central Sulawesi, according to Texas A&M University.

It’s great for science that they’ve been rediscovered, but just wait until the toy manufacturers get a look at the pics.

(image: MSNBC)

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28 Responses to “Furby like Pygmy Tarsier Rediscovered”

  1. CC

    Hello! my name is CC and whoever is interested to know. We have a lot of tarsier here in the Philippines. They're absolutely tiny and adorable. Here's an interesting trivia, according to the locals of Bohol, Philippines, the female tarsier only allows 10 secs of time to open its reproductive organ for a male to plant its seeds during mating season. After 10 secs, it's closing time!, the male better be out by that time. Funny, but that's what the locals have observed.

  2. markie

    totally not true! visit the island of Bohol in the Philippines, you'll see a lot of tarshiers. i even have photos holding one, maybe the manufacturers would like to see better photos

  3. tarsiers

    there are different kinds/ species of tarsiers. this species is called pygmy tarsier and the ones in Philippines are called Philippine tarsiers. they look completely different.

  4. nathan

    Philippines have lots of Tarsiers. However, I am not sure if they are Pygmy Tarsiers. But if you want to hold tarsiers that is the place to go to. Google Philippine Tarsiers for photos and info.

  5. Luisana

    OMG THIS IS LIKE BIGGER THAN ANYTHING… THE FURRY LIKE CREATURES LOOK WEIRD AND CREEPY BUT ITS JUST SO EXCITING LOOKING AND KNOWING THAT THEY EXIST

  6. Bob Marley

    DAm me and my friends were checking that ferbie out it looks like werid. Like a grimlin .puta madre guey

  7. mel1968

    Hi Markie!
    I would LOVE to see better photos…. That's what I was looking for when I came upon you..
    can you send me some?

  8. mel1968

    I will have to disagree with you tarsiers, they actually look just alike..

  9. Meieli

    I think they look “ET-like,” and I adore this one here. Do they bite, I wonder? The mouth is so small. . .

  10. booger

    Whatever you do don't get em wet and never, never EVER feed one after midnight

  11. Hun

    Yes…there are a lot in Philippines. But in this case (Sulawesi) this is the first time in 80 years they (the scientist) came face to face with a live one.

    We also have them here in Borneo but very hard to see them in the wild unless you spent your time more in the jungle. I myself, the last time I saw these creature in the late 70's. Thanks for all the info, someday I would like to come and visit Bohol.

  12. SPANKYHAM

    A new animal- huh! how long till the forests are denuded cos these fools will think it has medicinal properties, or is magic? like every other exotic creature, stuffed into cages and help in deplorable conditions – to be sold by the lowlife at some disgusting market by ignorant fools!

  13. Bill

    I would love better photos Markie! Those animals are awesome. Igf you would please you can send them to my yahoo under wl_moore3. Thanks, Bill

  14. zaldy

    What redescover are you saying? Go to Philippines, the island of Bohol, many tourists visited this island to see this tarsier, this is one of the tourist attractions in the Philippines a long time ago and until now this island is frequently visited by tourists to make a glimpse of this smallest monkey of the world. However, in this island too, you can see the beautiful chocolate hills, the forest river boat dining and definitely the beautiful beaches in this island. Good luck.

  15. zaldy

    Visit the island of Bohol in the Philippines, and enjoy your TARSIER viewing, the CHOCOLATE HILLS, the FOREST BOAT DINER RIDING, the BEAUTIFUL BEACHES. good luck

  16. Mira

    The phillipine tarsier looks kinda devilish, The pygmy one is way cuterrrr!!!! So cute!!! And yes they look different esp on the ears and mouth.

  17. Mira

    And theres a reason why they are different branch species, structurally and genetically they are different

  18. adobo

    dude its a pygmy tarsier, its a different specie from the tarsier we have in the Philippines.

  19. surfboards

    Hey Traiser boy, thanks for this information, I am impressed!