Wednesday, October 28, 2009

tarsier

Michael had the privilege of holding a little Philippine tarsier at the local Crocodile Park; a zoo-like place with some fascinating animals.


The tarsier is the smallest of the primates,
and is usually between 3 1/2 - 6 1/2 inches.
All species living today are found in the islands of Southeast Asia.

They are shy, nocturnal animals, very at home in the trees.
They cling to the trunk, and leap from branch to branch.

They are extremely quick! 
The one Michael held was on a little leash. 
 He thought it would make a great pet, 
but Barbara's not so sure she wants one leaping around the house at night.

4 comments:

Lori said...

What a WONDERFUL opportunity Michael. Jon is "jealous" (he is the big animal lover at our house). He is cute . . . although I think those big eyes could get creepy if you stared at him long enough.

Anonymous said...

Barbara, just say no, you do not want a hairy Gollum in your house!!

us5 said...

I THOUGHT HE LOOKED LIKE GOLLUM TOO, but the rest of the family vehemently disagreed with me. Thanks to you, I now feel vindicated!

I've told Michael that he can keep one if he can catch one. ;o)

Anonymous said...

he does not at first look like Gollum/smeagol, but now that you mention it... in fact it does look like Gollum. good luck catching one michael!

Nathaniel