Skooter reporting 08/25/12
I happen to be in the island of Bohol, which is only a few hours ride from Cebu City by fast seacraft. A friend of mind was with me in this brief trip, Mr. Seaman. The picture shown is that of a more loveable creature, a Philippine tarsier. Tarsiers are among the smallest primates on Earth. They used to be relatively prevalent, they are now only found in small pockets of forest on several of the Philippines islands, and in Indonesia on the islands of Borneo and Sulawesi. What you see above is at the Tarsier Visitors Center on the province of Bohol, which runs the leading preservation effort for them in the country.
Tarsiers are not only one of the smallest primates, they're also one of the most primordial, having been around for 45 million years, fossils indicates that they once also exist in North America, Europe and mainland Asia.
How they get their name, Tarsiers have very long tarsus bones in their feet. To think about it, this little fluffball minus all of its fur and you'll realize just how long those feet and legs are, enabling this pint-sized creature to jump an astonishing four meters from tree to tree, all the better to catch the insects which are their main prey. Their odd toes are almost sucker-like, with weird looking grooming claws which fasten straight out from some of the toes.
If the legs are out of size, then so with their eyes, which take up a very large part of the skull. They have massive eyes compared to their size of any mammal. Imagine if tarsiers were the same size as a human then those eyes would be 150 times the size of our own. Having large eyes allows them to move and hunt at night. But those eyes are nearly immobile, they make up for that by their talent to turn their head 360 degrees around, and they have also the capability to turn around their ears in a large arch to grab hold of the noise of jungle insects, on top of birds and snakes, which they're also said to occasionally feed on. They're the only primate which is exclusively carnivorous.
Oh, I once wrote a poem on this loveable creature, titled "Bohol's Tarsier"