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"Smile tho' your heart is breaking"

By SteveMoulding    
"Smile tho' your heart is breaking". Orangutan's always seem to be smiling even though they're very existance is very much in the balance. This large male seemed to be very content with his good fortune in life being well cared for and looked after.

The orangutans are the only exclusively Asian living genus of great ape. They are the largest living arboreal animals. They have longer arms than other great apes, and their hair is typically reddish-brown, instead of the brown or black hair typical of other great apes. Native to Indonesia and Malaysia, they are currently found only in rainforests on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, though fossils have been found in Java, the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Vietnam and China. There are only two surviving species, both of which are endangered: the Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) and the critically endangered Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii). The subfamily Ponginae also includes the extinct genera Gigantopithecus and Sivapithecus. The word "orangutan" comes from the Malay words "orang" (man) and "(h)utan" (forest); hence, "man of the forest".
Orangutans are the most arboreal of the great apes, spending nearly all of their time in the trees. Every night they fashion sleeping nests from branches and foliage. They are more solitary than other apes; males and females generally come together only to mate. Mothers stay with their babies for six or seven years.

I hope you like him as much as me, after all he is a magnificent animal and now, sadly, very rare.
Many thanks for you C&C's on my uploads.
I am sorry for only clicking the last few days but I am having to catch up with a lot of things due to being ill the last two/three weeks.
Enjoy your week, best wishes.

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Tags: Male Close-up and macro Orangutan Borneo Endangered Sumatra Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature Great ape

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24 Mar 2010 11:01AM
Excellent shot Steve - like both versions !


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barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2010 11:02AM
What an amazing looking animal
Those eyes are so very tiny
Great write up
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
24 Mar 2010 11:17AM
smashing shot Steve
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2010 11:21AM
What a big guy he is.... I just love them, they always seem such gentle creatures

andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2010 11:25AM
brilliant colours and detail steve this is a stunning capture v2 for me today nice one Wink
Techno Plus
9 2.8k 8 England
24 Mar 2010 11:26AM
These "chaps" are so photographic, two excellent images and thanks for the reminder of their precarious plight.
Stace Plus
10 2 2 England
24 Mar 2010 11:30AM
Great shots Steve

24 Mar 2010 11:42AM
great set
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2010 11:46AM
Super image Steve, and thanks for the info as well. I prefer V2 today.
clicknimagine 8 223 89 India
24 Mar 2010 11:57AM
fantastic close up, i prefer v2...
newty1 12 3 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2010 12:09PM
V2 for me (click)

Andy Smile
fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
24 Mar 2010 12:22PM
A wonderfully detailed and composed capture. No. 2 works best for me.

metro074 8 8 Australia
24 Mar 2010 12:29PM
This is a wonderful image. Fantastic detail. Well done.
borrower 8 4 England
24 Mar 2010 12:44PM
Cracking set, lovely smiles.
colmar 10 42 35 Scotland
24 Mar 2010 1:00PM
Stunning capture the detail and the look captured superb, and a grand narrative too Colin
24 Mar 2010 1:31PM
simply stunning well done
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
24 Mar 2010 1:34PM
Two awesome images and write-up Steve.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2010 1:51PM
Superb shot, his eyes so sad, you have really managed to capture the emotion here! the write up is so well put together for us..thank you!
congrats on the awards
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
24 Mar 2010 1:54PM
These are wonderful close-up shots of an equally wonderful animal. Such a well informed write-up too. Though I love both images, think I prefer V2 slightly more, but a close-run thing.

goso 11 2 1 Australia
24 Mar 2010 2:01PM
Terrific images Steve - vers.2 today for me...Bill
Cor 9 Belgium
24 Mar 2010 3:05PM
V2> superb!
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
24 Mar 2010 3:21PM
What a marvellous portrait shot, Steve. I think I prefer V 2 although I'm not sure why exactly. Very well deserved of its special awards. Your write up is extensive and detailed and adds os much to one's understanding of their predicament. Very well done.
Regards, Ronnie.
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2010 4:09PM
2 Spot on shots Steve, congrats on your awards.
24 Mar 2010 4:46PM
24 Mar 2010 5:17PM
Top shots Steve, v.2 is a cracker!
Ray42 10 3 England
24 Mar 2010 5:55PM
two excellent shots Steve and an apt title - interesting write up
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
24 Mar 2010 6:10PM
Very well shot and cropped, Steve.

24 Mar 2010 6:38PM
Excellent image Steve, much prefer the uncropped version V2. Congratulations on your richly deserved awards. Well done.
24 Mar 2010 6:52PM
Super fine detail.
Gezina 11 3 6 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2010 8:24PM
This had me smiling from ear to ear - great shot - Ina
24 Mar 2010 8:41PM
WOW What a beard !! Lovely portrait image Steve,very well captured and presentation.
24 Mar 2010 9:46PM
Wonderful image and title 'backing' - excellent.
V2 for me. What a great pose and brilliant capture.
25 Mar 2010 6:25AM
What a cutie. (A face only a Mother could love) Nice capture.
hary60 9 2 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2010 10:45AM
V2 for me absolutely amazing nice one
25 Mar 2010 9:36PM
V2 for me, an excellent image, colours and light.
Roly 11 Wales
25 Mar 2010 9:58PM
Two great shots and a super write up.
26 Mar 2010 6:57AM
A superbly captured image, Steve, thanks for the write up and it's V2 for me.
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
26 Mar 2010 12:49PM
Not a self portrait then Steve Wink LOL
2 great shots of this fine specimen and a super write up, well done,
gerrymac 10 10 1 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2010 9:29PM
A face only a mother could love....beautiful image
JustDucky 7 8 Canada
6 May 2011 1:13AM
excellent detail, impressive shots

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