They come from the Amazon and oh yeah, they’re illegal
The pygmy marmoset is the world’s smallest monkey. They’re smaller than a hamster, and their whole body can top out at slightly over 6 inches. Many are calling them a “thumb monkeys.”
The little guy comes from the Western Amazon, which consequently means they’re illegal to sell in China, though that hasn’t stopped the wealthier chunks of the population from buying them for up to $4,500 a thumb.
According to Mashable, the primate is listed in the International Union for Conservation Nature’s “red list” of endangered species.
“More than one governmental body is supervising this,” a government official told Shanghaiist, which is probably pretty easy, given that at least one thumb monkey owner is posting pics of his pet all over the popular Chinese social media platform Weibo.
Did we mention they’re friggin’ adorable?