Real-life Furbys Discovered in Indonesia
I had Furby’s when I was younger, now it appears they have found the real thing in Indonesia.
I’ve read elsewhere that this is not a new discovery as people have seen these creatures in The Philippines for years. It does state in the article that they haven’t seen this species in Indonesia for more than 70 years. Either way, its great to see the Furby’s getting the attention they deserve once again!
A primate species that looks like a living, breathing version of the Furby electronic toy has been found alive in the forested highlands of an Indonesian island for the first time in more than 70 years, scientists announced Tuesday.
Three specimens of the pygmy tarsier, a nocturnal creature about the size of a small mouse, were trapped and tracked this summer on Mount Rorekatimbo in Lore Lindu National Park in Central Sulawesi, Texas A&M University reported.
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.
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.
Before this year, only three specimens had ever been collected, according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Two were found in 1916 and 1930. The third was a dead pygmy tarsier that Indonesian scientists found in a rat trap on Mount Rorekatimbo in 2000. That motivated primatologists to intensify their search for a live specimen of the species, “but none of them were able to find it,” Gursky-Doyen said.
Gursky-Doyen specializes in the behavior and conservation of nonhuman primates, and has been trapping other species of tarsiers for years. “I truly believe that the difference is my skill in trapping,” she said.
She and her colleagues deployed about 276 mist nets on the mountain’s forested slopes to capture the three pygmy tarsiers. They then attached radio collars to the animals’ necks and monitored their activity for weeks. Gursky-Doyen said she and one of her graduate students, Nanda Grow, are drafting a research paper based on their observations.
There are plenty of questions to be answered: For example, unlike nearly all other primate species, pygmy tarsiers have claws instead of nails on their fingers. Other clawed primates, such as marmosets and tamarins, are thought to have adapted to grip onto trees or dig out insects for food. Why did pygmy tarsiers follow a similar evolutionary path?
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