For $4,500, you too can own the one of the world's smallest monkeys

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The new "It pet" for China's wealthy is a fitting one, considering it's the year of the monkey this Lunar New Year — the pygmy marmoset.

Smaller than a hamster, the pygmy marmoset is the world's smallest monkey, with a body size that ranges from 5.5 to 6.3 inches. This miniature primate that hails from the Western Amazonian rainforests weighs no more than 4.9 ounces and can be held onto with a finger, therefore earning its "thumb monkey" nickname.

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According to People's Daily Online, the pygmy marmoset is considered an exotic pet in China. It's illegal to sell it, but it is being sold for up to 30,000 yuan ($4,500). The hefty price tag and law certainly isn't stopping China's nouveau riche from owning a "thumb monkey."

Take a look at the tiny monkey below:

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For $4,500, you too can own the one of the world's smallest monkeys
LINCOLN, NE - JUNE 02. EXCLUSIVE: Zookeeper, Sarah Jurgens holds a Pygmy Marmoset named Reillo on June 02, 2011 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Sarah Jurgens has nursed a Pygmy Marmoset named Reillo after he was abandoned by his parents shortly after birth on May 7th, 2011 at the Lincoln Childrens Zoo. Born weighing the same as three ten pence pieces and only as long as a human thumb, little Reillo is quite possibly the world's smallest monkey. Abandoned by his parents soon after birth, tiny Reillo was nursed to health by 26-year old Sarah Jurgens, his human mum. Now three months old and chirping at the sight of her, little Reillo the pygmy marmoset has grown to five inches long and is thought to be the world's only surviving hand raised marmoset this year. Weighing in at a healthy 60 grams, Reillo was intensively cared for by Sarah at Lincoln Children's Zoo in Nebraska round the clock. (Photo by Jacob Hannah / Barcroft USA / Getty Images)
LINCOLN, NE - UNDATED. EXCLUSIVE: At Four weeks old Reillo holds onto a scourer that simulates the hold he would have on his absent father on June 02, 2011 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Born weighing the same as three ten pence pieces and only as long as a human thumb, little Reillo is quite possibly the world's smallest monkey. Abandoned by his parents soon after birth, tiny Reillo was nursed to health by 26-year old Sarah Jurgens, his human mum. Now three months old and chirping at the sight of her, little Reillo the pygmy marmoset has grown to five inches long and is thought to be the world's only surviving hand raised marmoset this year. Weighing in at a healthy 60 grams, Reillo was intensively cared for by Sarah at Lincoln Children's Zoo in Nebraska round the clock. (Photo by Sarah Jurgens / Barcroft USA / Getty Images)
LINCOLN, NE - JUNE 02. EXCLUSIVE: Zookeeper, Sarah Jurgens holds a Pygmy Marmoset named Reillo on June 02, 2011 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Sarah Jurgens has nursed a Pygmy Marmoset named Reillo after he was abandoned by his parents shortly after birth on May 7th, 2011 at the Lincoln Childrens Zoo. Born weighing the same as three ten pence pieces and only as long as a human thumb, little Reillo is quite possibly the world's smallest monkey. Abandoned by his parents soon after birth, tiny Reillo was nursed to health by 26-year old Sarah Jurgens, his human mum. Now three months old and chirping at the sight of her, little Reillo the pygmy marmoset has grown to five inches long and is thought to be the world's only surviving hand raised marmoset this year. Weighing in at a healthy 60 grams, Reillo was intensively cared for by Sarah at Lincoln Children's Zoo in Nebraska round the clock. (Photo by Jacob Hannah / Barcroft USA / Getty Images)
Pygmy Marmoset -Cebuella pygmaea-, captive, Krefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
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LINCOLN, NE - UNDATED. EXCLUSIVE: Six week old Reillo sits on his 'monkey mum' Sarah Jurgens hand on June 02, 2011 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Born weighing the same as three ten pence pieces and only as long as a human thumb, little Reillo is quite possibly the world's smallest monkey. Abandoned by his parents soon after birth, tiny Reillo was nursed to health by 26-year old Sarah Jurgens, his human mum. Now three months old and chirping at the sight of her, little Reillo the pygmy marmoset has grown to five inches long and is thought to be the world's only surviving hand raised marmoset this year. Weighing in at a healthy 60 grams, Reillo was intensively cared for by Sarah at Lincoln Children's Zoo in Nebraska round the clock. (Photo by Sarah Jurgens / Barcroft USA / Getty Images)
LINCOLN, NE - JUNE 02. EXCLUSIVE: A Pygmy Marmoset named Reillo sits on a teddy bear on June 02, 2011 in Lincoln, Nebreska after he was abandoned by his parents shortly after birth on May 7th, 2011 at the Lincoln Childrens Zoo. Born weighing the same as three ten pence pieces and only as long as a human thumb, little Reillo is quite possibly the world's smallest monkey. Abandoned by his parents soon after birth, tiny Reillo was nursed to health by 26-year old Sarah Jurgens, his human mum. Now three months old and chirping at the sight of her, little Reillo the pygmy marmoset has grown to five inches long and is thought to be the world's only surviving hand raised marmoset this year. Weighing in at a healthy 60 grams, Reillo was intensively cared for by Sarah at Lincoln Children's Zoo in Nebraska round the clock. (Photo by Jacob Hannah / Barcroft USA / Getty Images)
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A "thumb monkey" owner, identified only as Chen, has even taken to his Weibo account to show off his darling new pet.

In the post where he debuts the primate that he named "Xiao Shen," Chen declared: "Snow skin leopards and red-crowned cranes have nothing on my New Year's gift."

According to Chinese law, the sale of exotic animals such as the pygmy marmoset is illegal. The primate is listed on the International Union for Conservation Nature's red list of endangered species.

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