Cairns Wildlife Safari goes ape over new arrival
THINGS are about to get very noisy at Cairns Wildlife Safari Reserve.
Chanee, Queensland's only Siamang, will be joined by two mates on his island home at the reserve.
Siamangs have a calling sound louder than fire alarms.
Ollie, 4, and his brother Botak, 2, will be put in with Chanee soon to create an entertaining and boisterous trio for visitors.
The brothers come from Melbourne Zoo and will give Chanee, 4, much needed company.
The reserve's Jenny Jattke said Botak had already shared space with Chanee, prompting a turf war between the pair over who was the alpha male.
"They'll just yell at each other and maybe a little bit of physical stuff," Ms Jattke said.
"They'll make noises and play and work it out pretty quickly."
The animals have a throat sack which expands while calling and are a native to Malaysia, Thailand and Sumatra.
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Who's who in the zoo: Chanee, 4, is going ape with the arrival of two new Siamangs at the Cairns Wildlife Safari Reserve. Picture: MARC McCORMACK
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