Pygmy hippo calf makes its debut at Australian zoo
Pygmy hippo calf Kambiri is appearing in short stints at an exhibit at Sydney's Taronga Zoo. The pygmy hippo is just one of many species of tiny versions of animals.
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*Pygmy tarsier (Tarsius pumilus): Weighing just 2 ounces (57 grams), they resemble mini gremlin creatures, as they have big eyes and are covered in dense coats of fur to keep warm in the damp, chilly habitat of cloud forests in Indonesia.
*Pygmy marmosets (Callithrix pygmaea): the smallest living monkeys on Earth, weighing an average of 4.4 ounces (125 grams) with 5-inch- (12.7-cm)-long bodies and an 8-inch (20-cm) tail. These pipsqueaks can reportedly leap more than 16 feet (4.9 meters) skillfully navigating through forest canopies. Though not currently endangered, the pygmy marmoset is listed as a species of special concern or somewhat threatened, with the exotic pet trade being one threat, according to the Smithsonian Zoological Park. Due to their size, mobility and cryptic coloration, head counts are tricky.
*Pygmy mouse lemur (Microcebus myoxinus): the world's smallest primate, weighing only 1 ounce (30 grams).
*Pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti): Growing to just 0.8 inches (2 cm) in length, this seahorse has a short snout, knob-like crown on its head and a spine above each eye and on each cheek, according to the Australian Museum.
*African pygmy hedgehog (Atelerix albiventris): The roly-poly animal weighs just 21 ounces (600 g). This hedgehog shows various unique behaviors, including a process called self-annointing – when the animal discovers a new taste or scent it spreads frothy saliva across its body in a series of contortions, according to the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology. Scientists don't know the reason behind the odd behavior.
*Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvusI): Australia's only hibernating marsupial lives in the Australian Alps. There are fewer than 2,000 individuals in the wild, due to construction of roads, dams and ski resorts in its habitat, according to the San Diego Zoo.
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