Meet Ninita, a playful pugmy marmoset that knows how to enjoy the little things in life, like getting a full body massage! Ninita was born deaf and rescued by the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation (RSCF) in 2012 after her parents abandoned her as a baby.
In case you don't know, the pygmy marmoset (Cebuella pygmaea) is a small New World monkey native to rainforests of the western Amazon Basin in South America. The species is notable for being the smallest monkey and one of the smallest primates in the world. Adults barely get to be over 100 grams!
Want more from Ninita? Ok then! Here's a small documentary about her life and how she was rescued:
A video from her first days in the RSCF , when she was only five weeks old:
And a video of Ninita getting, what-else, another toothbrush-massage:
Finally, here's an important message posted in one video by the people who take care of her:
"I apologize in advance for this long post but ask that you all read it. First, thanks to everyone who has shared Ninita's story and helped garner the great coverage she has received in the past few days. Second, I must clarify something. Ninita is not a pet. She is a wild pygmy marmoset raised by hand because she was born deaf and abandoned by her parents.
We (the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation) do not advocate keeping primates, or ANY exotic wildlife as pets. When I posted this video I knew that there would be many, many people who would see how adorable she is and then instantly want to "own" a pygmy marmoset. And, yes, you can buy them in the pet trade, as DISGUSTING as that is. I did not post this video lightly. I thought about it and we discussed it at length here at RSCF.
I wanted to draw attention to the plight of all primates in the wild and in captivity, and hopefully open a dialogue about this issue. Ninita represents one piece of a very difficult puzzle. Her species is in decline in the wild, and doing horribly in captivity. RSCF is home to the largest successful captive colony of pygmy marmosets in the United States.
Our goal is to ensure pygmies remain in protected areas in the wild and that the demand to import them for display, zoos, pets, is eliminated. I was hoping, and still hope, that a national news organization or other such platform might contact us after seeing Ninita, and allow us not only to share her story but also draw attention to the much larger and more important issue--the status of marmosets and other primates in the wild and in captivity."