January 15, 2020
Longyang District, Baoshan, Yunnan province
A Gaoligong hoolock gibbon feeding on the fruit of Rhaphidophora hookeri in Gaoligongshan National Nature Reserve in 2013. These gibbons are endangered and are a first-level protected species in China. Since they are canopy dwellers it is difficult to catch a close-up of feeding behaviour. Moreover, the gibbons are timid and sensitive. Fortunately, since the gibbon couldn't resist the fruit in his hand, I had enough time to capture his cute facial expressions. Plants in the Araceae family are said to be toxic and I noticed that the gibbon often opened his mouth and stuck out his tongue. Looking at his yellow tongue, I thought that although the fruit may be delicious his tongue will go numb if he ate too much.