Island Images

Friday, June 18, 1999

Hanging’ With Mom
at the Zoo

Photography by Craig T. Kojima, Star-Bulletin

Island Images

Mycah, a 4-month-old white-handed gibbon, peers out from
behind his mother's leg at the Honolulu Zoo. Born Feb. 8, Mycah
has started eating solid foods and walking around, said Maurice
Bolosan, animal keeper for the zoo. Mycah's 22-year-old mother,
Japan, has been at the Honolulu Zoo since 1982. "She lets him
down within sight and grabbing distance," Bolosan said.

Mycah's father, Sandy, and brother, Santos, also live with him.
The birth of Mycah raised the count to six -- four white-handed
and two simian gibbons. The monkeys eat fruits, leaves and,
occasionally, a bird, Bolosan said.

White-handed gibbons are found throughout Asia. In captivity,
they live to an average age of 23. "We've implanted the females,
but don't know if it will work," Bolosan said about expecting
more baby gibbons. Their gestation period is about 200 days.

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