Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Gibbons and Waterfalls to end the year

The sounds in the distance resembled police sirens. It seemed strange that lots of sirens would be approaching us as we hiked in a national forest. Returning from the girls' first waterfall (they get quite heavy on the trail)

the sirens began. After the initial puzzlement, we realized that the sounds were actually the songs of gibbons. At the trail head, a Gibbon Rehabilitation Project has been installed to rescue gibbons and help introduce them to the wild. These animals are often kept as pets and used in the tourist trade. With a normal bedtime in the early afternoon hours, stimulants are given to them to keep them awake and active. Other gibbons have physical deformities that hinder them from being successful in the wild so they will stay at the project.

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