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These thumb-sized monkeys are China's latest wealth symbol

BEIJING — To celebrate the Year of the Monkey many of China's rich are buying cute finger-sized Amazonian primates, but there's one small problem: it's against the law. Known as pygmy marmosets, they hail from the western amazon in south America where their population is dwindling. Someone posted footage Chinese social media site Tudou claiming they're selling the monkeys, but how they got the marmosets into the country is anybody's guess. The price for one a pygmy marmoset in China is around reportedly around 30,000 yuan or $4600. This is close to what we found on this website, Poggi's Animal House, which sells marmosets for $4,900. "Buying and selling are certainly not legal," the Shanghaiist quoted one Chinese official expert as stating. "More than one governmental body is supervising this." ----------------------------------------­­--------------------- Welcome to TomoNews, where we animate the most entertaining news on the internets. Come here for an animated look at viral headlines, US news, celebrity gossip, salacious scandals, dumb criminals and much more! Subscribe now for daily news animations that will knock your socks off. Visit our official website for all the latest, uncensored videos: Check out our Android app: Check out our iOS app: Get top stories delivered to your inbox everyday: Stay connected with us here: Facebook Twitter @tomonewsus Google+ Instagram @tomonewsus

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