Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Monkeying Around Photo

Okay, I know it’s an ape not a monkey, and also not a street photo although that is where this animal may have spent part of its life.

This gibbon may look like many people feel on Boxing Day but I suspect that it was rescued from an entertainment establishment where it had been taught to act-up like this. Always cute, gibbons are also cuddly when young but turn more belligerent as they reach adulthood and have a strong grasp and powerful teeth which often leads to problems and mistreatment. This in turn means there is a constant market for young ones which are often illegally taken from the wild.

Rather than support their use in tourist places I suggest people support those groups working on the animals’ behalf.

Photographically, I used a bit of cloning in Photoshop to make her less obviously female!

Photograph taken at Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Chonburi, Thailand

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