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You Can Buy This Cute Animal At $4500 But Should We?

2016 is the Year of the Monkey, as noted in the Lunar New Year. Likewise, there are a lot of monkey-related products being advertised and sold to Chinese consumers.

However, this one is literally a monkey that is being sold as an exotic pet. How much is it? And is it legal to have one? Find out below.

You Can Buy This Cute Animal At $4500 But Should We?

You Can Buy This Cute Animal At $4500 But Should We?

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A new interest in China

A new interest in China

China is known for its exotic interests in food, innovation in medicine, and everything else. And now, they have a new obsession.

The Year of the Monkey

The Year of the Monkey

Because it is the year of the monkey as noted in the Lunar New Year, the wealthy Chinese now want to own their own pygmy marmoset.

The world's smallest monkey

 The world's smallest monkey

The pygmy marmoset is actually known for being world's smallest monkey as its size is typically from 5.5 inches to 6.3 inches.

Origin of the monkey

Origin of the monkey

The pygmy marmoset is naturally found in the western regions of the wondrous Amazon rainforest.

It is also very light

It is also very light

Likewise, the smallest monkey only weighs about 4.9 ounces, which makes it incredibly easy to handle.

Also known as the "thumb monkey"

 Also known as the "thumb monkey"

Because of its size and weight, the pygmy marmoset is sometimes called "thumb monkey".

An exotic pet

An exotic pet

Because of its weird characteristics and 2016 being the Year of the Monkey, many wealthy Chinese have been buying pygmy marmosets for about $4,500 each.

But there is a catch

But there is a catch

However, it is against the law to sell pygmy marmosets.

Being posted on social media

Being posted on social media

Someone even posted an image of his new exotic pet on the Chinese social network named Weibo. He noted that it is better than those snow leopards and red-crowned cranes.

The monkey is also endangered

The monkey is also endangered

Even if a lot of rich Chinese people want one, the pygmy marmoset should not be taken as an exotic pet because it is an endangered species.

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