'Star Wars gibbon' species discovered, but already dying out

Scientists have discovered a new species of gibbon and based off of its name it might have quite a few midi-chlorians.

Don't know what i'm talking about? How about this, the species has been named the Skywalker hoolock gibbon.

No, it's not from a galaxy far, far away, but it does live in southwest China.

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A gibbon is cared for in the Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand animal rescue centre in Phetchburi province run by a Dutchman named Edwin Wiek. Many of the animals have been rescued from the illegal wildlife trade. The black market trade in animals is a global business worth billions of dollars every year.

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Siamang, (Symphalangus syndactylus) an arboreal black-furred gibbon, native to the forests of Sumatra is seen during an exhibition at Mea Riau Expo 2016 on November 25, 2016 in Riau Province, Pekanbaru, Indonesia.

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A three-month old white-cheeked gibbon looks from inside a cage after Thai police arrested a citizen of the United Arab Emirates at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok May 13, 2011. Thai police arrested a UAE citizen just after midnight today as he was preparing to fly first class from Bangkok to Dubai with various rare and endangered animals in his suitcases, which included four leopards, one Malayan sun bear, one white-cheeked gibbon, one black-tufted marmoset, an Asiatic black bear and two macaque monkeys.

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A baby lar gibbon, an endangered species of an ape, is seen at Zagreb Zoo, Croatia, April 6, 2016.

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A baby lar gibbon, an endangered species of an ape, is seen at Zagreb Zoo, Croatia, April 6, 2016.

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A two-month old gibbon drinks milk at the zoo in Hanoi October 26, 2005.

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A newly-born white gibbon plays with its mother at a zoo in Beijing January 23, 2004. The Year of the Monkey, one of 12 animals that make up the Lunar New Year cycle, began on January 22nd.

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Kaaliya, a 43 year old female Hoolock Gibbon seen at Katetong village on May 19, 2015 in Margherita, Assam, India. The species is threatened with extinction as they killed for their meat and for use in traditional medicine.

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The siamang (Symphalangus syndactylus) is an arboreal black-furred gibbon native to the forests of Sumatra in in the exhibition Mea Riau Expo 2016,Pekanbaru,Riau Province,Indonesia, on November 25, 2016.

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A zoo keeper holds a three-month-old baby white-handed gibbon named 'Knuppy' at the zoo in the northern German city of Bremen on April 9, 2012. The animals are found in Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand.

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Two Hoolock Gibbon frolic within enclosure at National Zoological Park on August 30, 2010 in New Delhi, India.

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A White Cheeked Gibbon (Hylobates Leucogenys) looks at a visitor from behind a fence at the Kao Look Chang Wildlife Rescue Center. The center was founded by Edwin Wiek of Holland in 2001 and is part of the Wildlife Friends of Thailand foundation. Located about 200 kilometers south of Bangkok on a land given by a Buddhist monk, the center gives shelter to a number of wild animals rescued from human exploitation throughout Thailand. Some animals are treated before being sent back into the wild, while others are given shelter for the rest of their life.

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Newborn Silvery Gibbon 'Flip' and his mother 'Pangrango' sit on a tree on September 23, 2005 in the Zoo Hellabrunn in Munich, Germany. Flip was born on June 22, 2005 and is the first Silvery Gibbon born in the Zoo Hellabrunn for 17 years.

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White Handed Gibbons (Hylobates Lar) eat on a natural island in a water reservoir at the Kao Look Chang Wildlife Rescue Center. Seven of those islands were equipped to accommodate gibbons rescued from human exploitation, aiming at readapting the animals to wildlife before sending them back to their natural habitat. The center was founded by Edwin Wiek from Holland in 2001 and is part of the Wildlife Friends of Thailand foundation. Located about 200 kilometers south of Bangkok on a land given by a Buddhist monk, the center gives shelter to a number of wild animals rescued from human exploitation throughout Thailand. Some animals are treated before being sent back into the wild, while others are given shelter for the rest of their life.

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ZSL Institute of Zoology published photos showing the gibbon high up in the trees, hence the name skywalker. The team of scientists are also big fans of Star Wars.

They're characterized by their white eyebrows, white beards, and unusual calls.

And while it may be the gibbon you've been searching for, they're going to be hard to find because there's only 200 of them and they're listed as endangered.

Understandably Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill is thrilled, tweeting out his support with the hashtages, #SimianSkywalker and #JungleJedi

But for all their cuteness, I gotta admit, to me they look more like ewoks.

No matter, may the force be with you, furry friends.

(By: Nathan Rousseau Smith)

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