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18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Fun For All Ages

Shooting the most common is the most challenging thing. Langurs are very common but waiting for a right movement is very challenging and needs lots of patience. It was an afternoon and a group of black-footed grey langurs were sitting on a tree. But this playful infant was enjoying the family time and was playing with his parents by swinging on their tails and falling down and then immediately climbing back and starting all over again. His mother was taking little notice of the activity and other adolescents were tolerating the attention- seeking acrobatics. Langurs are very social and youngsters play as often as they can. Acrobatic play is probably a way of practising tree-living and eventually helps them to develop strong bones and muscles. Playing also helps them to develop social bond and communication skills.

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Date Taken: 04.2014
Date Uploaded: 08.2020
Copyright: © Thomas Vijayan