This may well be the cutest little critter that I have ever seen, peoples! It’s called a tarsier (pronounced tar-zee-ah by some folks and tar-she-air by others). These little guys reside right here on the planet with you and me and everyone else…..
Tarsiers are little bitty monkeys. Their adult body size ranges from 3 to 6 inches tall, and their tails are six to twelve inches long.
**There are 18 species of tarsiers.
**Tarsiers reside in Southeastern Asian island countries like Borneo and the Philippine Islands of Bohol, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao.
**Unlike most monkeys that eat mainly plants, fruits, and other vegetation, tarsiers are mainly meat eaters. Tarsiers eat insects, frogs, lizards, and small birds. Some of the more bad-assed tarsiers hunt and eat poisonous snakes and even small bats.
**Predators that like to snack on tarsiers include cats, birds of prey, and snakes.
**Some scientists believe that tarsiers have been present on our planet for 20 million years.
**Tarsiers are an endangered species. The forests where they reside and forage for food are being destroyed by agricultural and mining interests. The exotic pet trade has also contributed to Tarsiers becoming an endangered species.
If you’d like to learn more about the tarsier. Here are some resources to assist you:
A short, informative video from BBC that gives us a more serious look at these little critters.
This is an excellent 45 minute, quite serious, documentary on the tarsier that chronicles the work being done in the Philippines to protect these amazing little critters from becoming extinct. It’s called Tarsier Primate: The Littlest Alien. I learned megalots from watching this video.
As always my good buddy, Wikipedia, has some useful information to offer us on the subject.
The Tarsier is yet another reason for all us human types to constantly remain in awe of our surroundings and to show respect towards all the critters that inhabit places we may have never heard of in lands far, far away from where we call home. What a special privilege it is to learn new stuff about this lovely old planet we call Earth.