Sunday, October 27, 2013

Purring primate

The Caquetá titi monkey (Callicebus caquetensis) Is one of at least 441 new species of animals and plants – including a flame-patterned lizard, a thumbnail-sized frog, a beautiful pink orchid, a brightly colored snake, and a vegetarian piranha (!) – discovered in the Amazon rainforest within the past few years. But it is also on another list, having been added last week with more than 1,900 other animals and plants to the Red List of Threatened Species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. I chose to illustrate this post with the monkey rather than the less charismatic piranha because it has a singular ability. Not only is it the size of a house cat, but it purrs like one, which reminded me of this 2010 story of an abandoned squirrel which learned to purr after its adoption by a family of kitties.

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