National Geographic News

Orangutan Family, Indonesia

Photograph by Tim Laman

"A fistful of mother's skin and hair keeps one-year-old Bekti aloft as she rides on Beth, who is hurtling herself through the forest. It will likely be almost seven years before Bekti will have a younger sibling, one of the intriguing aspects of orangutans that has lured me [anthropologist Cheryl Knot] to Borneo to study their reproductive cycles and social patterns."

(From "Orangutans in the Wild," August 1998, National Geographic magazine)

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