Mar 05

THE FT TOP 25 ANIMALS – 15. The World’s Smallest Monkey

Blog 74 comments • 25,132 views

There is some debate as to which small monkey this actually is:

the pygmy marmoset? (caution very small indeed)

or the tarsier, voted the official world’s cutest animal in 1997 despite brazenly overdoing the big eye ‘thing’ in my rarefied view.

(Further candidates welcomed.)

Why should the WSM hold such appeal? We like monkeys because they are smart and do things which are a bit human. We like small animals because they are dainty and sweet. Hence whatever species it belongs to the world’s smallest monkey has a huge Thumbelina-style appeal. We live now in an enlightened age when nobody would be allowed to teach the WSM heartbreaking tricks with dolls furniture. THANK GOODNESS FOR THAT.


  1. 1
    Amber on 17 Jul 2007 #

    I think the pygmy marmoset is the smallest monkey and the cutest animal, it is adorable and it is really tiny.

  2. 2
    Breanna Summersill on 17 Nov 2009 #


  3. 3
    Asha+Matthew= on 1 Apr 2010 #

    AWWWWW That is soooooo adorable!!!

  4. 4
    tigeress on 2 Oct 2010 #

    i think its so cute and tiny!!!!!!I love monkeys

Add your comment

(Register to guarantee your comments don't get marked as spam.)


Required (Your email address will not be published)

Top of page