Pygmy Tarsier Rediscovered in Indonesia

High in the mountaintop forests of Indonesia, this little Furby-gremlin hybrid hid undiscovered (and unmolested) for the last ninety years. Last seen alive in the 1920s, the pygmy tarsier was thought extinct until researchers from Texas A&M University rediscovered the little guy last month.

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Pygmy tarsier is not amused.

Over a 2.5 month period, the scientists trapped two males and one female in Lore-Lindu National Park. After taking measurements and affixing radio collars, the researchers were unable to resist the urge to love them, and hug them, and squeeze them and call them George.

These primitive primates weigh only 2 ounces and live in the treetops where they hunt insects (you would too if you were 2 ounces) at night. Unlike most primates, the pygmy tarsier has claws instead of nails.

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Handy dandy pygmy tarsier info sheet, in case you run across one on your way to work! Click to enlarge.

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Tarsius pumilus takes careful mental note to bite all these a$$holes when they let him go.

Thanks to Liz Carter, Taylor Schreiber and Kangatron for the tips.


  1. #1 Christie
    November 19, 2008

    The little gremlin bit one of the guys, too – LOL. Damn right he’s not amused!

  2. #2 Hilary Minor
    November 19, 2008

    I think his name is Henry!

  3. #3 Ian
    November 20, 2008

    Furby? Nonsense! This is a young relative of Jabba the Hut.

  4. #4 Mad Hussein LOLScientist, FCD
    November 20, 2008

    It’s Little Fuzzy! Ghost of H. Beam Piper, please call your office.

  5. #5 Alan
    November 20, 2008

    Pretty cool 🙂

  6. #6 Ray
    November 20, 2008

    The creepiest thing in this picture is that guy’s hand… Bring on the nightmares!

  7. #7 sesli chat
    November 25, 2008

    selam tskler

  8. #8 georg
    March 19, 2009

    those guy are our ancestors and deserve respect. I would like 2 own one but they need to stay in their own habitat… i would never tear down trees with little cute furry things in them.. ashamed becuz my friend kemal from indo probably evolved from those dudes LOL

  9. #9 andy
    July 22, 2010

    It looks like a gremlin!!! so cute

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