(MINIATURE ANIMALS/ANIMAL PICTURES) Scientists have found a correlation between climate change and animal size – as resources become more scarce with warmer weather, animals are getting smaller.
While miniature animal lovers rejoice, this could mean something more serious for the world’s biodiversity.
Read on to see these mini animal friends from around the world. — Global Animal
Huffington Post UK, Felicity Morse
With reports that animals could start to shrink in size due to climate change, the Huffington Post UK has taken a playful look at some of the smallest ‘Alice in Wonderland’ style creatures.
Increasing global temperatures are impacting on food sources, changing ecosystems and making resources scarcer, say scientists.
As such, the warmer weather is resulting in smaller-sized plants and animals.
Writing in the journal Nature Climate Change, Dr David Bickford and Jennifer Sheridan argue that a shifting trend in animal and plant size could impact on human populations, especially if food sources, such as fish, are affected.
“The consequences of shrinkage are not yet fully understood, but could be far-reaching for biodiversity and humans alike,” they wrote.
Where does this end? Will we one day be carrying elephants in our pockets or blue whales in our wallets?!
The popular micro-pig hit the headlines last year, but there’s also the panda mini-cow, and the pygmy goat.
Micro-pigs are cited as perfect pets because they are fourth in intelligence after “man, monkey and dolphin” while miniature horses have been used instead of guide dogs.
Huffington Post UK takes a look at the most minute marsupials, mammals and monkeys.
This baby miniature horse is part of a breed which never reaches over 97cm in height. It’s usually seen as a pet, but there’s been some controversy over whether this miniature breed can be used instead of a blind dog to help the visually impaired.
Micro pigs, ostensibly the “fourth most intelligent species after man, monkey and dolphin” cost over £600 and weigh around 9oz at birth.
Albino Pygmy Marmoset
This baby pygmy marmoset or ‘finger monkey’ is the smallest monkey. It lives in the rainforest in western Brazil, south-eastern Colombia, eastern Ecuador, eastern Peru, and northern Bolivia.
Miniature Panda Cow
This mini-cow has been bred to look like a panda, and can sell for up to $30,000. There’s thought to be only 24 in the world.
Measuring just seven inches long and weighing in at 120 grams, this six week old dwarf mongoose was rejected by his parents at Whipsnade Zoo.
Although once these were popular as pets, they are now an endangered species. Their eyes are fixed in their sockets, so in order for them to have a wide range of vision their heads rotate 180 degrees.
Pygmy goats produce a lot of milk for their size although they are usually bred as pets. They originated in West Africa, and became popular pets because of their friendliness.
“Monifa” a three-week-old baby pygmy hippopotamus plays with her keeper at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. Monifa, meaning “I am lucky” in Nigerian weighed in at 3.8 kilograms at birth.
This pygmy loris had to be cared for by zoo keepers after it was rejected by its mother, who had twins. Females reach sexual maturity at around 9 months, while in males it’s not until they are 17-20 months old. Pygmy loris males are very territorial and mark their area with urine.