White-Handed Gibbon


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White-handed gibbons are small tailless apes with soft, thick fur. They live in trees and like to stay high up. Their very long arms allow them to swing effortlessly among tree branches. They can also change direction in a split second, and can catch birds in midair and eat them after landing.

White-handed gibbons have white fur on the upper sides of their hands and feet. They live in small family groups made up of a male and female pair and their young. They sing duets, with the male and female complementing each other’s part. These duets help the couple bond and mark their territory.

They sleep sitting up in trees with bent knees and faces buried between the knees and chest. Gibbons are bipedal and walk across tree limbs on two feet. They hold their arms high in the air for balance when they walk or run along the ground.
  1. White- handed gibbons have   .

  2. The trees are their   .

  3. Their white fur is found   .

  4. White-handed gibbons create   .

  5. They are   animals.

  6. They always use their   since they are bipedal.


Practice your writing skills by discussing the questions below

  1. Where do white-handed gibbons live?

  2. Do you see gibbons in your country? If yes, describe their appearance.

  3. What is a common animal in your area? Describe it.


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