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Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

A pair of White-Handed Gibbons (Hylobates lar) sit in their island exhibit at the Miami Metrozoo in Florida, USA
White-handed gibbons (also known as the Malaysia Lar or Common Lar) are small, tailless apes with dense, shaggy fur ranging from black to pale gray. Their face is bare and surrounded by a white fringe. White-handed gibbons have long, slender arms and the upper part of their hands and feet is always white. They possess an opposable thumb that is used for climbing or grooming but not for swinging from branch to branch. White-handed gibbons usually move in this manner and can cover horizontal distances of 40 feet and vertical of 50 feet in one swing. They launch themselves and freefall until they catch another branch. They can move bipedally along branches or on the ground. When doing so, white-handed gibbons raise their arms above their heads for balance

· Date: Sat May 14, 2005 · Reference ID: all/222005-04-18-12-48-11 · Views: 7758 ·
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