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IN Animals ON 15 Feb, 2016
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.
China is known for its exotic interests in food, innovation in medicine, and everything else. And now, they have a new obsession.
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 pygmy marmoset is actually known for being world's smallest monkey as its size is typically from 5.5 inches to 6.3 inches.
The pygmy marmoset is naturally found in the western regions of the wondrous Amazon rainforest.
Likewise, the smallest monkey only weighs about 4.9 ounces, which makes it incredibly easy to handle.
Because of its size and weight, the pygmy marmoset is sometimes called "thumb monkey".
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.
However, it is against the law to sell pygmy marmosets.
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.
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.