Some of you may recall from previous posts my friend Gollum, the sweet little White-Handed Gibbon whose suffered the traumatic experience of having three of her fingers and a thumb bitten off by her mum when she was very young.

A number of people have asked me previously how she manages with only one finger remaining on her left hand, which is a good question, seeing as Gibbons live mostly arboreal (tree-dwelling) lives and appear to love few things more than swinging from branch to branch.

Well, it was a question I had also, and during one of my last photo sessions with Gollum, her handler attempted to coax her onto the lower branch of a small tree, but she didn't seem very interested. Then, to our surprise, off she ran on her two little legs to a nearby mound of rock. She paused, looked back over her shoulder and gave us a look, as if to say, “You really wanna' know if I'm handicapped? Well watch this!”

And with that she turned her attention to scaling the sheer face of the rock!

As you can see by the following images in the composite I'll be posting, brave little Gollum surely made her point :^)

Gollum was born at Khao Kheow Open Zoo 11 months ago.

You can see other images I've posted of Gollum here on 500px by way of these links Poor Little Gollum, Tentative Steps, Coming to Terms and you can find more pictures of her over in the Primates - Thailand gallery over on our website.

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