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kkelly's Avatar Comment 1 by kkelly


Wed, 19 Nov 2008 17:55:00 UTC | #273252

splink's Avatar Comment 2 by splink

yeah it pretty much looks nothing like a furby or a Mogwai. This is a pretty good model of how not to write the news. Two lines about how much they resemble something which they do not and a single line about their threatened environment.

Wed, 19 Nov 2008 17:59:00 UTC | #273255

Sciros's Avatar Comment 3 by Sciros

It's CNN. It's written for the average person. The average person is just short of retarded. They will be like "wow a furby."

Looks ok. Of the prosimians I like ruffed lemurs and ringtail lemurs the most, though.

Wed, 19 Nov 2008 18:04:00 UTC | #273259

j.mills's Avatar Comment 4 by j.mills

Unfortunately there's little prospect of emptying a few villages to save a handful of small cute tarsiers. The practical way to go is to ensure the villagers have an economic stake in preserving the environment, with minimum disturbance. It's good that it's already a National Park but there are no easy solutions to these tensions. ("Furby tourism" doesn't sound like a promising approach either!)

Wed, 19 Nov 2008 18:11:00 UTC | #273267

SpEcImEn128's Avatar Comment 5 by SpEcImEn128

Maybe they could catch them and stuff them with hay to sell them as souvenirs to the tourists. That would be good for the native's economy, it seems they make good money with gorilla heads in congo.

Wed, 19 Nov 2008 18:39:00 UTC | #273292

ChicagoMolly's Avatar Comment 6 by ChicagoMolly


Or we could eat 'em. See this article from The Reader about some Illinois farmers who are trying to bring the mulefoot pig back from the edge of extinction by framing the beasts as a yuppie gourmet treat. This will start a demand for mulefoot roast, bacon, sausage, etc., and thus incenting farmers to breed them commercially, thus using The Miracle Of The Marketplace to accomplish what would never happen if you tried to preserve the last 200 mulefoot pigs on a swine reservation.

Wed, 19 Nov 2008 20:59:00 UTC | #273400

mordacious1's Avatar Comment 7 by mordacious1

Good thing Sarah Palin doesn't read.

Wed, 19 Nov 2008 22:59:00 UTC | #273458

jeroen's Avatar Comment 8 by jeroen

I saw tarsiers in the Philippines in the national park reserve - fantastic animals, though sadly not very well-equipped to escape from cats and humans.
Tourism does help in this case - visits help fund the research centre and they were expanding the scientific reserve area.

Thu, 20 Nov 2008 01:03:00 UTC | #273477

friendlypig's Avatar Comment 9 by friendlypig

Tarsiers figured large in the first 'Evolve' programme that looked at the evolution of the eye.

Amazingly enough, their eyes are larger than their skulls, so they rest on the eye sockets, which appears to be little more than an indentation. The eyes are held in place by ligaments so strong that they are unable to swivel them; they have to turn their heads instead.

Thu, 20 Nov 2008 01:29:00 UTC | #273488

GandalfGrey's Avatar Comment 10 by GandalfGrey

It sort of looks like a Gremlin (the cute kind).
Anyone tried feeding it after midnight?

Thu, 20 Nov 2008 01:36:00 UTC | #273492

PJG's Avatar Comment 11 by PJG

I want one.


Thu, 20 Nov 2008 01:58:00 UTC | #273502

Vanpastel's Avatar Comment 12 by Vanpastel

From cute overload:
Pygmy Tarsier.
Let's break it down:

Top 3 Pros
Suction-cup hands
Miniscule earses
Overall pocket-pet size

Top 3 Cons
We're talking some seriously bulbous eye action
alien-esque eye-to-schnozzle ratio
Appears to be nocturnal which means he could bite your nose clean off after dark

Thu, 20 Nov 2008 03:54:00 UTC | #273560

mitch_486's Avatar Comment 13 by mitch_486


Because the media has made a comparison of this tarsier to a "furby", mainstream society can actually make a connection with it. This can only lead to compassion and hopefully even environmental awareness.
I wish sharks had a cute look-a-like toy, although, sadly, that is not the case.

edit: just think about the connection a person who owned a furby in the late 90's would have with this animal.

Thu, 20 Nov 2008 06:30:00 UTC | #273596

bungoton's Avatar Comment 14 by bungoton

I saw Tarsiers on Bohol Island in the Philippines. They are so small its hard to believe there is a pygmy variety. The Philippine variety is about the size of a fist and the babies about as big as a thumb. Amazingly long fingers (thus the name Tarsier) let them hang onto branches.
I have some pics of them here:

Thu, 20 Nov 2008 06:55:00 UTC | #273606

ly_raya's Avatar Comment 15 by ly_raya

how and where can i get one?

and do they multiply if wet.

Thu, 20 Nov 2008 09:59:00 UTC | #273710

aquilacane's Avatar Comment 16 by aquilacane

Would it not suck if there were only four in existence?

Thu, 20 Nov 2008 11:50:00 UTC | #273796

justdust's Avatar Comment 17 by justdust

The average person is just short of retarded.

Tee-shirt caption alert.

Thu, 20 Nov 2008 13:12:00 UTC | #273840

polestar's Avatar Comment 18 by polestar

Comment #287213 by ChicagoMolly " who are trying to bring the mulefoot pig back from the edge of extinction by framing the beasts as a yuppie gourmet accomplish what would never happen if you tried to preserve the last 200 mulefoot pigs on a swine reservation."

I understand that this is what saved the American Bison, now far from extinction. Still not sure about Furby-burgers though...

Thu, 20 Nov 2008 16:31:00 UTC | #273974

ty90's Avatar Comment 19 by ty90

Make them an icon of the cute side of nature, a symbol for all children to love.
Make stuffed animal versions...perfect for the christmass stocking !

they say things like " Don't eat me" and " I dare you to pet me at night"

Thu, 20 Nov 2008 16:50:00 UTC | #273984

Sittingduck's Avatar Comment 20 by Sittingduck

Thu, 20 Nov 2008 19:42:00 UTC | #274044

russkid's Avatar Comment 21 by russkid

How long before I can find one at a pet store ?

Thu, 20 Nov 2008 23:06:00 UTC | #274074