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9 Marmosets To Be So Thankful For This Holiday Season

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Marmosets are among the smallest monkeys in the world (they can be as tiny as 4 ounces), but they're certainly not the least appreciated. Give thanks for these uniquely adorable primates this winter.

1. So fluffy. So curious.

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Something in the forest has caught this pygmy marmoset's eye ...

2. So willing to fix your hairdo.

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Everyone could use a good grooming now and then. Gabby, a common marmoset from International Primate Rescue in South Africa, takes a few moments to comb through this volunteer's hair in a rather matronly manner.

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3. So soulful - just look at those eyes!

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4. So ready for a tiny banana feast.

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These three pygmy marmosets munch bananas and pears side by side at Yana Cocha Animal Rescue Centre in Ecuador.

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5. So handsome he can't not stare at himself.

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Jerry, a common marmoset, also lives at International Primate Rescue, and he can't get enough of his own reflection. Yep, he's that guy, but we're thankful for him.

6. So not chewing with her mouth closed ... but still adorable.

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She's enjoying her favorite food: gum (but not the kind that humans eat)! Pygmy marmosets are known as exudativore-insectivores, which basically means they eat bugs and stuff that oozes out of plants.

7. So cute he knows the camera can't handle it.

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This fuzzy-looking monkey is a black-tailed marmoset from Brazil, having a tree sap picnic with his family.

8. So in love with all the marmoset gifs up there.

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OK, so maybe this pygmy marmoset isn't looking up at those gifs. But we wouldn't blame her if she was.

9. So willing to sample just about anything.

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Mico is a pygmy marmoset who was hand-reared at the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation after his mother died. He looks like he's giving everything a taste test - even his own tiny tail.

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These little monkeys are adorable, but keep in mind that they are still wild animals. The biggest threats to marmosets are habitat loss and the illegal pet trade.