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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Mother Gibbon's Tightrope Walk

Baby balancing act! Mother gibbon takes her offspring for a tightrope walk on the wild side

By Phil Vinter 
Through glistening eyes as wide as saucers this beautiful newborn Javan gibbon takes a first glimpse of the world as its proud mother tries out a new trick on the tightrope.
Stretching out her long limbs to maintain balance 15-year-old Pangrango carefully carries her furry pride and joy along the rope at Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich, southern Germany.
These beautiful images capture the early moments of bonding between the endangered Javan gibbon and her offspring which keepers hope will be a star gymnast of the future.
Female silvery gibbon Pangrango balances with her four week-old baby on ropes in their compound
Stretching out her long limbs to maintain balance 15-year-old Pangrango carefully carries her furry pride and joy along the rope at Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich, southern Germany
The baby arrived after on the August 19 after a pregnancy lasting seven months and it is now entrancing Hellabrunn's visitors.
Pangrango and her other children, son Flip, seven and daughters, Isabell, four and Kim, two appear to be delighted with the new addition to the family.
The other siblings have clearly learned from mum as they leap and tumble nimbly around in the background mum and baby.
Zoo keepers are know yet to discover whether the new resident in the park is a baby boy or girl.
This endangered species of primate is only found at this zoo which plays an important role in breeding makes a significant contribution to the conservation of Javan Gibbons.
Silvery gibbon mother Pangrango holds her beautiful baby today at Tierpark Hellabrunn in Munich, southern Germany
These beautiful images capture the early moments of bonding between the endangered Javan gibbon and her offspring which keepers hope will be a star gymnast of the future
The baby primate was born at the zoo on August 19. In the wild, silvery gibbons are endemic to Java
The baby arrived after on the August 19 after a pregnancy lasting seven months and it is now entrancing Hellabrunn's visitors

Silvery gibbon mother Pangrango holds her baby
Using these arms and the so-called brachiation method, they are able to swing confidently across distances of up to ten metres in the tree-tops. Like other species of Gibbon, their very loud singing is characteristic and serves to identify their territory

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