Today I visited a long-time friend who rescued two Gibbons. Lolli, the beige gibbon, is now 13 years old. Willis, who’s father tried to kill him, was rescued by my friend and is now full grown. He’s quite the affectionate chap. In fact, Willis didn’t want to let go of my hand or lower arm for quite a while. He just held my hand and looked into my eyes. Such a sweetie! I feel blessed to have gained the trust of these two wonderful animals!
If you’ve never seen or heard about gibbons they are rare, small, slender, long-armed, tree-dwelling apes and are very acrobatic primates who come from southeast Asia. Gibbons are arboreal, meaning they spend most of their lives in trees. Gibbons have senses very similar to ours, including hearing, sight (including color vision), smell, taste, and touch. They live between 35-40 years.
Because they are so dextrous while moving in the trees, almost no predators can catch them. However, because of the rapid deforestation of their habitats, gibbons are an endangered species, which makes my ability to visit these two and talk with them and hold their hands that much more special. I am truly blessed.