Pygmy TarsierA story on Fox News Wednesday caught my attention. A tiny primate known as a “pygmy tarsier” has been thought to be extinct as they have not been spotted in more than 85 years.

Back in 2000, scientists trapping rats believed they had accidentally trapped and killed one of these small 2oz creatures. This drove Sharon Gursky-Doyen from Texas A&M University to go and search for the small primate.

This past summer they were able to catch and fit three of the animals with radio collars. Gursky-Doyen was bitten by one, which later was eaten by a hawk – rough life for the little guy.

Funded by the National Geographic Society, researchers are learning more about these rare and mysterious nocturnal creatures.

They also make the perfect gift for Christmas, so be sure to buy one for your cat today.