Europe's Oldest Lar Gibbon Monkey Runs Past Visitors

StoryfulPublished: February 8, 201815 views
Published: February 8, 2018

Monkeys are non-hominoid simians, generally possessing tails and consisting of about 260 known living species. Many monkey species are tree-dwelling (arboreal), although there are species that live primarily on the ground, such as baboons. Most species are also active during the day (diurnal). Monkeys are generally considered to be intelligent, particularly Old World monkeys.

There are two major types of monkey: New World monkeys from South and Central America and Old World monkeys from Africa and Asia. Apes (hominoids)—consisting of gibbons, orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees, and humans—are also monkeys but are classically distinguished from monkeys.(Tailless monkeys may be called "apes", incorrectly according to modern usage; thus the tailless Barbary macaque is sometimes called the "Barbary ape".) Simians and tarsiers emerged within haplorrhines some 60 million years ago. New World monkeys and catarrhine monkeys emerged within the simians some 35 million years ago. Old World monkeys and Hominoidea emerged within the catarrhine monkeys some 25 million years ago. Extinct basal simians such as Aegyptopithecus or Parapithecus [35-32 million years ago] are also considered monkeys by primatologists.

Brian the Lar Gibbon has the distinction of being the oldest one of his kind in Europe, and is fortunate to have found his way into such a safe environment! He joined the Lake District Wildlife Park in 2000 and likes to spend his time swinging through the trees, sunbathing and walking round, as seen in this wild footage. Brian appears to have more than enough space to move freely around his enclosure as he inspects the visitors who come to watch!

Credit: Facebook/Angela Dorman via Storyful

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