After losing a friend, young gorillas dismantle poachers’ traps

Animal and nature lovers go to great lengths to protect and preserve them, but others, such as hunters with questionable morals who brutally assault vulnerable animals, purposefully destroy them.In 2012, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s Karisoke Research Center witnessed an incredible incident.A ranger observed two juvenile gorillas searching for and separating poachers’ traps, which he had never seen before.

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Veronica Vecellio, the Gorilla Dian Fosey program coordinator, reported at the time:”We’ve never seen minors try something like this before…We have the world’s largest database and monitoring program for wild gorillas, and I’m not aware of any other reports of children smashing traps…So I’d be surprised if anyone else saw it.”

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The juvenile mountain gorillas’ behavior began a few days after one of their own was killed by one of the traps, and this is thought to be the cause of their behavior.

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These traps are designed to catch antelope and other animals, but gorillas have been caught in them on occasion.Days before these baby gorillas broke the traps, Karisoke staff discovered another baby gorilla named Ngwino, who was unfortunate because the trap dislocated his shoulder and he had gangrene due to rope cuts on his leg.

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Hunters, according to rescuers, are uninterested in caged gorillas and typically let them die.Hunters use simple traps: a rope is used to make a loop that is pushed by a branch or a bamboo stem, the foliage hides the rope, and the animal is quickly ensnared if it produces a lever.

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The trackers search the forest on a regular basis to dismantle the traps and save the endangered species; however, the reserve staff has found this difficult due to the region’s densely packed traps that are difficult to spot.Tracker John Ndayambaje discovered one of these traps near one of the gorilla tribes after being alerted by a Silverback named Vubu, who snarled a warning.