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13 November 2006

Okay, so I know you've heard about the Tiny Animals On Fingers thing too many times, but you gotta look at this monkey.
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posted by Specklet 13 November | 17:11
Ah! Is that a tamarin? I'm not really an animal person, but tamarins fill me with joy. I just stand outside the tamarin house and clap my hands and squee and if there is a mama with tiny baby tamarins, I've been known to giggle so hard it scares small children away. Literally.
posted by jrossi4r 13 November | 17:18
Speck that is so cool! I wanted to bring one of those home from the jungle but it was impracticable.
posted by nomis 13 November | 17:21
jrossi, it doesn't look like any tamarin I've ever seen, but I don't know what it is. What about tarsiers? You like tarsiers?
posted by Specklet 13 November | 17:29
So what happened to Monkeyfilter? Specklet singlehandedly stole their mojo.
posted by pieisexactlythree 13 November | 17:31
Tarsiers look a bit like Rodney Dangerfield.

I'm big on marmosets, though. (Look! One's even on a finger!)
posted by jrossi4r 13 November | 17:43
I need a pet, something small and cute to play with and that would be good company.
posted by TheDonF 13 November | 17:47
Hey Don, have you seen my sugar gliders? They're a lot of work, but otherwise fit your bill.
posted by Specklet 13 November | 17:54
Hey Specklet - I'd seen a couple of your pics of them. They're pretty cool - were they expensive? Also what do they eat and what kind of TLC do they need?
posted by TheDonF 13 November | 18:03

It depends on where you get them (oh god, beware of gliders farms!) but a pair will cost you anywhere from $200-$400. A cage and all the bells and whistles will cost another $150-$200. And you must get at least two, because they are incredibly social and need continual company.

They eat a special mixture consisting of honey, various kinds of baby food, instant rice cereal, wheat germ, vitamins, etc, as well as a daily serving of fresh veggies, fresh fruit, and live meal worms.

They need quite a lot of attention, and quite a lot of patience. They are wild animals, and although they will bond with a human very strongly, it takes time and diligence. I've had mine for two months now, and we're only getting to the point where I can pick them up without them getting defensive/nippy.

They're adorable, though, and once bonded to you will climb all over you, play with your hair, and sleep in your shirt.
posted by Specklet 13 November | 18:17
So in other words, they're finicky rats.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson 13 November | 18:34
Ahh, that sounds cool. According to a quick search, there's a pet shop about 3 minutes' walk from where I live that stock them. Reading through this site, it seems like I'm not going to get a whole lot of sleep and my flat has, in some places, thin walls (which can be interesting at times) and I wouldn't want my neighbours being woken up by barking.

I might check the little critters out in the next day or so.
posted by TheDonF 13 November | 18:42
No! Bad IRFH!

They're marsupials, not rodents! And they're way cuter than rats! And they fly!

How dare you!

On preview: mine hardly bark at all. In the two months that I've had them, it's been three times, each for a minute and-a-half. But it varies.

And if you're considering getting them from a pet store, make very sure they were not taken away from their mother too early, and have been at least somewhat hand-raised.
posted by Specklet 13 November | 18:47
Thanks for the advice Specklet. I'll see what's what, although al I don't think there's much choice other than a pet store. The store in question has been there for several years, so I guess they must be reasonably okay.
posted by TheDonF 13 November | 19:16
Let's not fight in front of the children.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson 13 November | 19:21
I'll play nice if you will, Flo. *whuffles Flo, scampers away*

Don, let me know if you have any questions. I'm a new glider mom, but I did TONS of research before I got my little guys.

Also, I got mine through a breeder (which was great), not a pet store. Where are you located?
posted by Specklet 13 November | 19:41
Oh,l that is SO adorable. If not for my evil cats...
posted by lala 13 November | 22:52
That is really too damned cute. I'm gonna have to go look at something ugly and nasty to balance things out, I know, I'll go to Rush Limbaugh's site.
posted by fenriq 14 November | 00:43
Specklet - I'n the UK, so that's why I'm thinking that it'll be hard to find a breeder. Time permitting, I'm going to pop into the place this lunch time. If they do have them, then I'll most-likely drop you a line.
posted by TheDonF 14 November | 03:39
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