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Top 10 Animal Tree Huggers

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Top 10 Animal Tree Huggers

These animals aren’t tree huggers in the activist sense. They’re just hanging on for dear life!

1. Orangutan

As the largest and arguably most intelligent of all tree-dwelling animals, the orangutan is widely considered the king of the trees. Orangutans spend nearly all their time in the forest canopy where they feed, sleep, breed and raise their young. The females even give birth in a treetop nest, and their tiny infants cling to them as they swing through the trees in search of food. An orangutan’s long arms can reach a length of 7 feet, and their powerful, hand-like feet allow them to grasp branches tightly as they swing their massive bodies from branch to branch. Their limbs are also extremely flexible and their wrist, hip and shoulder joints are capable of greater range of motion than other apes. This gives them a grace, agility and speed that are unmatched among tree-dwelling animals.

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3:46AM PDT on Mar 30, 2014

That was fascinating!

10:01AM PST on Dec 7, 2012

Love them all! Thanks for posting

11:20AM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

I've heard of a Treefrog, but have never seen one until now. Cute little guy!!

I have not heard of a 'Flying Lemur! Weird looking little guy!!

I have no desire to run into the Green Tree Python of the Treehopper! They looks scary!!

The rest are cute and interesting!!!

1:37PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

If you think this little treehopper is unusual, type "treehopper" into Google and choose "images". Let me tell you, this little guy is very normal-looking compared to some of his cousins! What a curious family they are! Shapes you couldn't imagine in your wildest dreams and incredible colours!

10:13AM PST on Mar 3, 2012

Neat! I'll admit I didn't know anything about tree kangaroos. I kept expecting to see a sloth on there though.

1:16PM PST on Mar 1, 2012

Sweet!

11:43AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

I was so surprised that sloth didn't make it on there?!

6:03AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

awww!
i wish spider monkeys had made it higher though.....
oh well!

1:13AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

Sounds like a lovely article - pity it's not on one page.

10:07AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Cuteness

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