Smallest Monkehs

Marmoset_1From Reuters: "A rare newborn albino Pygmy Marmoset monkey perches on a zookeeper’s thumb at Froso Zoo in Ostersund, Sweden August 22, 2006. The Pygmy Marmoset, which lives in the upper Amazon basin in South America, is the world’s smallest monkey and reaches 35 cm ( 13.7 inches) in length and weighs up to 100 grams (3.5 ounces) at maturity."

Holy tiny tails, sender-inner Deidre D.!




  1. Teeny tiny!

    Love the tail-curl!

  2. Soo cute..

  3. eeeeeeeeee bebe monkeeeeeee!
    i like its squinty eyes the best…

  4. New from TRUNK MONKEY! ( )
    It’s KEYCHAIN MONKEY — small enough to fit on your keychain, cute enough that you’ll never misplace it!

  5. Can he be any tiny?

  6. Love the curly-Q tail!

  7. Oh so holdey-on-ey! It looks like its taking every bit of concentration and strength just to stay there little wee monkey!

  8. Ok, I am not ordinarily a monkey person, but… OMG, SQUEE!

  9. Eedy-beedy leetle monkey! So totally adorable–he reminds me of those little clinging keychain animals, only much cuter. Little tail curl!

  10. Holy flashbacks, Batman. Didn’t this wee little girl and her twin get posted on CO before? I can’t find them anymore, so I guess the post got pulled.

    They both died days later. 😦

  11. Thumbs up teeny monkee!

  12. Awww Look at the liddle monkey hugging the (guy’s?) thumb, also loving the stylistic art nouveau curve of the tail!

  13. I cannot even comprehend the smallness.

  14. He kinda looks like a leedle bitty Chewbacca. Only gray.

  15. I wish I had a thumb-monkey.
    But I don’t.
    *heavy sigh*

  16. useta hada kitteh says:

    O my doodness! Look at them wee little handses! Look at that teensy little curly tailio! I’m not usually a monkey person (some may dispute that) but o my doodness I luvs dat monkeylet!

  17. Oh my goodness! His features seem very old to me…yet he is so small! It’s somewhat strange, but undeniably cute.

  18. Looks like an ewok! So cuuuuuuuuuuute

  19. I think he looks more like an extremely miniaturized Wookiee than a largely miniaturized Ewok. Something about the forehead fur.

    This is much cuter than tying a string around your finger.

  20. That’s the weirdest looking wart I’ve ever seen.

  21. Where, I mean, where? can I by one?

  22. winky eyes, curly tail, silky fur, clutchy bebe hands,pointy ear fluffs…::point::

  23. er, “point”? you know what I mean…

  24. didn’t you guys have this monkey in an earlier post (couldn’t find it though…).
    The monkey was one of a pair of twins born in the zoo, but then they both died shortly afterwards…

  25. 21st comment!! WOOOO!

  26. The little cutie has the face of the Wolfman!

  27. jp, erm, totally….point!

  28. Yesh! A teensy tinsy wolf man. *Teeny arrrroooooo*

    *points at jaypo and misscrips*

  29. Totally off-topic but desperate post to all CO Peeps!

    Can anyone give me some good advice on how to train a couple of cats out of a REALLY bad habit?! I’ve been trying to figure out why all our clothes were developing this horrible rank odor for the last couple of months, and just found out why: the cats pee on ANY cloth item that sits on the floor for more than a few minutes! This means that the whole family’s clothes, my son’s floor-pillows and beanbag chair, the floor-length living-room curtains, and any other cloth item that has the bad fortune to fall to the floor, all have become soaked in Eau de Feline #666! The smell is sickening and it’s aggravating my asthma! I don’t want to give these guys up–we love them!–but between this and the fact that they eat two to three times MORE than our full-grown cat AND they’re also the worst litterbox offenders on the planet…my husband is considering finding them new homes… *sigh* I’m at my wit’s end!

    If anyonje can help me…I’d really appreciate it! Thanks y’all!


  30. D2D — First, are they neutered? That’ll slow any territory marking. Next, rule out bladder infections for the random wetting. THen, you’ll have to totally deodorize any place they’ve been (we’ve had good luck with a product called Urine Gone, available at Walmart and any store that carries seen on TV products). Try putting extra litter boxes in obvious places (I move em when company comes over) and line underneath them with puppy piddle pads to attract the cats. Also ask your vet for any ideas. I’ll be honest, I could slow down, but never stop our random piddle puddycat.

  31. MamaDawn: Both are altered, one boy & one girl. (They were sister and brother of a litter, if that helps…) No signs of UTI in either of them, no signs of pain on urinating, or any blood or “off” colors. They’re both healthy as an ox and full of bounce and energy and appetite.

    When I first realized what was happening I started keeping the cats out of our bedroom and keeping all clothes off the floor, but I went into my son’s room earlier and found that they’ve been whizzing all over ANYTHING cloth, not just clothes. Perhaps they’re trying to “claim” anything that has our scent, perhaps…?

    If it was just one cat, I’d be able to handle just slowing it down–but with two (and perhaps three, if my Underfoot’s fallen into the same habit!) cats “watering” all the stuff? It’s really stinking up the place… 😦

    Thanks for the product advice, though–I’ll see if we can find it at one of the local Wally Worlds. Anything to get rid of that hideous smell!


  32. I wonder what the little guy feels like. Is he soft? Silky? Bristley? Does it tickle when he grabs your thumb?

  33. chet's momma says:

    poor little monkeylet!

  34. chet's momma says:

    poor little monkeylet!

  35. chet's momma says:

    poor little monkeylet!

  36. chet's momma says:

    poor little monkeylet!

  37. chet's momma says:

    poor little monkeylet!

  38. chet's momma says:

    poor little monkeylet!

  39. My first thought was whether the monkey would go up my nose if I tried to snorgle him.

    I’m terrible v_v

  40. D2D: I had a similar experience with one of my cats, Yammie. Thankfully, she was peeing in the corners of rooms (and I had hardwood floors). I used a product probably similar to what MamaDawn mentioned. Make sure there’s enzymes in it to break down the stuff in cat urine. You can wash all your urine stained fabric but your cats can still smell the odour (even if you can’t) and will therefore think it’s ok to piddle. One thing you need to check though when they are piddling, are they piddling very small amounts ( inwhich case they’re most likely marking) or are they doing full piddles? I found that making this observation was crucial in my figuring out that she was just stressed out with the surroundings. I tried changing the litter brand, I also realized that by adding a couple of other different styles of litter boxes, that Yammie absolutely hated doing her business in an enclosed catbox. Just using an open catbox actually cut down the frequency of the corner pees. It took nearly a year and a ton of that catpee odor remover to finally resolve the problem. FYI, the problem was Coco the old grouchy cat hated her. We solved this problem too, but that’s another story! When we moved, the corner peeing started again and this time all we had to do was draw all the blinds. We had neighbourhood cats and although Yammie had no issues with them Coco would transfer her agression over to Yam. Anyway, I hope this helps, I know it can be very frustrating.

  41. D2D,

    whoa, I feel for ya. bad, bad situation. MamaDawn and Sandy have given good advice, so I’ll just add a couple of things. first, is it possible to get the two peeing bandits away from the house for a few days? boarded at the vet’s maybe? without them at home, you’d have a chance to clean out all evidence of pee and smell. as already mentioned, any remnant of smell anywhere and the cats will go back to pee there.
    to clean, here’s a good step-by-step guide,
    I’d strongly suggest getting an enzymatic cleaner; you can ask your vet for suggestions, I found that “Nature’s Miracle” available at pet stores, did the trick when I needed it. it is pricey, but significantly cheaper in quantity; I’d suggest you get a least a quart (or a gallon) as you will need it.
    one more thing (whee!). use the enzymatic cleaner as a last step after thoroughly cleaning the affected area(s); it is meant to be used to remove every last bit of the smell.

    hope these ideas work: I know you guys don’t want to give the cats up.

  42. Hold the phone, you might have helped me figure it out, Sandy! About a month ago, we picked up a different litterbox–covered–because the Hooligans are awful about playing around in the litter and scattering it everywhere. They don’t seem to act like it bothers them–BUT, now that I think about it, it was right around that time that my clothes started reeking. It might be that taking the lid off the litterbox will help cut down on the problem! I’ve taken the lidd off already, and I’m going to see what might happen.

    If this works, I owe you a HUGE debt of gratitude! 🙂

    Oh–and Meg, I hope you don’t mind me threadjacking…I just really needed some advice… Anyone else who might want to offer advice, save Meg’s bandwidth and email me instead. Just be sure to take the NOSPAM out of my addy… 🙂


  43. Mariser: Thanks! I’ve seen that stuff before–used it religiously when I had eight ferrets to clean up after, in fact! And I know it works! I’ll see if the local whole food store has it. If they don’t the one in Austin surely will…

    Yeah, if I have to give up the Hooligans, it would break my heart. Not to mention, I think Underfoot would probably miss them at LEAST as much as we hoo-mans would…


  44. 2D2
    We had a similar problem solved by changing litter brand, adding litter box locations, and “re-educating” kitty.
    In addition to cleaning up everything we could, getting cloth off floors in general, and taking up some rugs (sob, we’re still trying to rescue them), we resticted kitty to the bathroom overnight — when her behavior was at its worst.
    After a couple of weeks of this, when she was used to using the bathroom box overnight, we started letting her out at night again with (cross fingers) no new incidents.
    Many people recommend saturating the area with feliway too, to generally calm down inter-cat relations a bit.
    But it made my husband sneeze (!), so we worked instead on just keeping everybody as content as we could.

  45. fingers crossed that Sandy’s suggestion works. that’d be awesome!
    may still need to get another litterbox(es) in case the Hooligans don’t quite trust this one, even sans lid.

  46. omg… cute!!!!!

  47. ka9q's wife says:

    D2D let us know how it turns out. and good luck

  48. ka9q's wife says:

    D2D let us know how it turns out. and good luck

  49. ka9q's wife says:

    D2D let us know how it turns out. and good luck

  50. ka9q's wife says:

    D2D let us know how it turns out. and good luck

  51. ka9q's wife says:

    D2D let us know how it turns out. and good luck

  52. ka9q's wife says:

    D2D let us know how it turns out. and good luck

  53. Oh so darn cute. Little bitty, teeny weeny monkey babies. I want one of my very own, but I’d be deathly afraid of crushing the cutie little morsel.

    Please tell me it’s not true they went over the rainbow bridge?

  54. Well, I’ve taken the lid off of the litterbox, and I’m considering dropping some “bait” on the floor. (Maybe an old t-shirt. Or better yet, my “whoops, I gained 10 pounds” pants. That seems appropriate…) I still need to pick up some enzymatic pet-stain cleaner but that’s gonna have to wait–the budget’s REALLY tight right now! I’ve done the best I can with orange-oil cleaner, in the hopes that the strong citrus scent will be a good enough deterrent.

    (Note to anyone dealing with feral cats using their garden as a litterbox–spritzing orange oil around the area is a great, humane anti-cat device!)

    Thanks to everyone who has offered advice, and I’ll keep y’all updated! I really appreciate all the help–and I also want to thank Meg for letting be, erm, “borrow” this thread! (I promise I’ll give it back, hon!)


  55. D2d, also consider Feliway, the artificial “feel-good” cat pheromone; pricey but very helpful. That’s for small-volume “marking”. It has helped our one sprayer, Horatio the Barnyard Blue. Also, in desperate cases vets will use low doses of Prozac for kitty anxiety/depression. And if it’s marking, punishment does no good, just makes the kitty more anxious.

    Horatio has the bad habit of spraying my husband’s things, never or rarely mine, and has nearly been an ex-cat a few times… getting better though.

  56. D2D — re: “Baiting” the litterbox — there’s a litter brand called Cat Attract that our Humane Society recommends. I think it’s also available as a litter additive. I’ve seen it at PetSmart.

  57. How do we know those aren’t just huge hands?

  58. D2D: I’m getting to this thread late. I am a vet. tech. and really, I don’t have much to add. Everyone has been dead-on with the suggestions. My male cat was doing the same thing with no sign of infection. I thought it was purely behavorial until I took him in to get his urine tested. Turns out he had crystals in his urine. The vet put him on Hills C/D food and he was on that for a year and a half. We have recently switched him to commercial wet and dry (with his vet’s blessing) and have not had any trouble at all. The only bad thing is that prescription food is rather pricey. Good luck! Keep us posted.

  59. butteredtoast says:

    ive seen baby monkeys before……. THERE NEVER THIS CUTE……where do YOU get this stuff…………?

  60. Didn’t this baby monkey die quite a while ago? Didn’t I see this on CO before?…or something? *wracks brain*

  61. It reminds me of another pic too, but the story for this one does say August 22, 2006.

  62. Hmmm, do you think sprinkling catnip in the box might help…?

    So far, as of 11:40 Texas time, no puddles found yet… (This doesn’t necessarily mean there aren’t any, just none that I’ve found yet!)


  63. Here is a link that talks about the passing of one of the marmosets. Very sad. I guess that is mother nature hard at work.

  64. [sigh] I’m not a monkey person, but bebehs are sweet.

    ‘Nita – good luck with your kitters! (I’m going to watch these comments very carefully from now on – I’m thinking of sneaking a kitty into the dorm …)

  65. I agree that the iddy-biddy mon-kees are prosh to the ninth degree. I also wanted to thank all of you for your advise to D2D as I have been having the same problem here at my house…I have one cat that refuses to use the litter box (she’ll go right next to it, but not in it.)so I will be trying the litter box attractant. Good luck D2D

  66. D2D, Aaah Feliway! I used that too, although I can’t tell you if it helped. I was just trying to use every available solution at my disposal at the time. Also, one more thing, soak your pee stained clothes in the enzymatic cleaner for a long time, before laundering, when you get around to it. I did this one time when my cats decided to pee on my husband’s clothes as revenge for us trying to train them to do their business in the toilet….obviously, that didn’t work! We’ve recently moved to a second floor space with no neighbourhood kitties and all three troublemakers are happy with no peeing incidents to report. But there was an incident with using the wrong litter: all cats left us little stinky nuggets all over the house when we used the scented variety of the same brand, so definitely the brand and type of litter you use are also worth looking into. Nightbird, you might want to try different types and brand of litter if the attractant thing doesn’t work. If you recently changed the brand or type then kitty might be protesting…try going back to the oldstuff 🙂

  67. That’s just insaaaane man! No fair! -pouts over cute monkeys-

  68. I know how you feel about the cat pee! Mine started doing it when I moved her in with my boyfriend and his cat. We thought that if we just put one box out for each of them, in a separate place, we wouldn’t have a problem. Turns out my boyfriend’s cat is a little more liberal about territory than mine, and that my cat wouldn’t go anywhere near a cat box another cat had used. Long story short, we put out another cat box and discouraged my boyfriend’s cat from using it…now we have no problem at all! I guess the old “one for every cat plus one” formula for litter boxes really does work.

  69. “The Smallest Monkehs”—isn’t that a song by XTC? One of Colin Moulding’s songs, I believe.

  70. Officially-there is no smaller and cuter animal than teh bebeh pygmy marmys. My life is dedicated to finding anerable pics of them and photo-snorgling

  71. I just wanna put him behind my ear…where he can cling with his tiny lil’ hands, and wrap his tail proshily around my earlobe…

  72. Reality Check says:

    One of those monkies is dead now.

  73. For all you peeps who seem to *kinda* remember this and are hitting your heads on the wall (hee hee) this was posted one morning about a month ago and then it mysteriously disappeared after about 40 comments. So you aren’t crazy! Reeeealllyy!

    D2D, good luck with the cats. OxyClean (or any store-brand variant… Clorox makes one they call an “Oxygen cleaner”) will work. Soak your washables in it for about half an hour and then launder. One of our darlings soaked the guest mattress and I didn’t find it for a week. Yuck! I in turn soaked the mattress (just in that HUUUGE spot, not the whole thing) with OxyClean + water mixture and let it air dry for a week. No smell, no repeat “oopses” from the cats. I also had to do this with a Papasan seat cushion, a wicker basket, and 3 long runner rugs, but they fit in the tub so it was easier. The Oxy cleaner is about $8 for a huge tub that will last you at least a month, I bet. *hugs*

  74. Sarcasta: Oh believe me, OxyClean is my BESTEST FRIEND EVAR when it comes to cleaning! Between OxyClean, orange oil, bleach, and vinegar* I can commit ruthless filthicide on even the cruddiest object!

    *Last two items NOT COMBINED! (._.)

    BTW to all interested: So far, I haven’t encountered any new spots yet! 24 hours and going strong–so far as I know… 🙂


  75. Wooohooo! That’s good news, D2D!

  76. teh monkies are le creepy

  77. Well, Reality Check, some day soon (in Universe Time) we will all be dead.
    But, there might be cute pics of us left, so….well…

    Enjoy whilst ye can.


  79. Ryan Dickey says:

    OMIGOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HE’S AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  80. amanda beagle says:

    awww how cute

  81. where and how much would it cost?

  82. can i buy one? how much are they?

  83. Charlie says:

    AWWWWW!!!! That is the cutest thing I have ever seen!! I love ickle monkeys!!! Ur cool lil monkey!!! xx

  84. this is probably the cutest monkey i have ever seen in my life you dont even no.