Athletic gibbon

I’ve always been fascinated by the gibbon’s mode of locomotion. It swings from branch to branch using mainly its ridiculously long arms. It is called brachiation. Here’s a short clip I recorded today of a male black crested gibbon (Nomascus concolor) brachiating:

His voice is great as well.
(Szeged Zoo)

Zebra in Gaza Zoo

090722_SS_4 What a nice zebra! Except that it’s not a zebra. It’s a donkey painted to look like a zebra. Even the ears are striped! I understand that they can’t really afford to obtain and keep expensive animals in the Gaza Strip, but I don’t think the solution is to counterfeit one. The solution is to shut down the ‘zoo’ completely. Why do people in a war-stricken area even bother to open and run a zoo? They also keep a lion that’s currently for sale, because its mate has allegedly been killed by a shrapnel.