Pygmy Tarsiers - real-life furbys found
Pygmy Tarsiers, or real-life Furbys, have been found alive after 70 years in the highlands of an Indonesian island. Three of the little pygmys were trapped and tracked on Mount Rorekatimbo in Lore Lindu National Park in Central Sulawesi.
Before now, only three furbys, or Pygmy Tarsiers, had been found; in 1916 and 1930.
Texas A&M anthropologist Sharon Gursky-Doyen, leader of the expedition, said the tarsiers were found on mountainsides above 6,000 feet (1,800 meters) in elevation, amid damp, dangerous terrain. "I actually broke my fibula walking around there," she told msnbc.com.
Pygmy tarsiers rank among the rarest of the many tarsier species in Asia and the Pacific — and in fact some primatologists had written them off as extinct.
They have the distinctive, big-eyed look often associated with Furbys, gremlin-like talking toys that were popular in the late 1990s. Compared with the robotic Furbys, however, the real animals' dimensions are seriously downsized: They typically measure less than 4 inches (105 mm) from head to tail, with most of that length being tail. They weigh less than 2 ounces. And unlike Furbys, they hardly ever vocalize.
These primates are different because they have claws instead of nails, and have evolved differently from other species.