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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Gorillas Seen Dismantling Poacher Traps

Posted by on Tue, Jul 24, 2012 at 9:23 AM


On Tuesday tracker John Ndayambaje spotted a trap very close to the Kuryama gorilla clan. He moved in to deactivate the snare, but a silverback named Vubu grunted, cautioning Ndayambaje to stay away. Instead two juveniles—Rwema, a male; and Dukore, a female; both about four years old—ran toward the trap. According to Ndayambaje, “Rwema jumped on the bent tree branch and broke it, while Dukore freed the noose.” The pair then spied another snare nearby—one the tracker himself had missed—and destroyed that trap as well. Vecellio believes this wasn’t the first time the young gorillas had performed such teamwork. “They were very confident,” she said. “They saw what they had to do, they did it, and then they left.”
The traps, however, are not meant for gorillas but for antelopes. Apparently the laws protecting the gorillas have been too effective:
Due to the illegality of hunting gorillas, the hunters often leave them to die [in their traps], not wanting to be caught selling or in possession of the body.

Those are the African poachers. These, however, are average American and European consumers killing, of all animals, gentle giraffes. Who is more barbaric: a poor poacher or a rich consumer? You know my answer.


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Cato the Younger Younger 1
poachers obviously
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on July 24, 2012 at 9:41 AM · Report this
Not meant for gorilla's what?
Posted by Wheedle on July 24, 2012 at 9:45 AM · Report this
Asparagus! 3
Weneed to stop believing we're so unique when it comes to intellect.
Posted by Asparagus! on July 24, 2012 at 9:49 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 4
Give those gorillas guns. Make it a fair fight.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on July 24, 2012 at 9:51 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 5
@4 is right. By now, given how people freak out while in combat situations, it's possible many have died by gunfire.

Maybe rocket launchers?
Posted by Will in Seattle on July 24, 2012 at 9:59 AM · Report this
internet_jen 6
Did you just start following Inhabitat? I like 'em and all as an aggregator, but man are they a whore for page clicks. For that reason when I do share something they've posted about, I usually just share their source.
Posted by internet_jen on July 24, 2012 at 9:59 AM · Report this
The more barbaric is the one who traps the endangered species and lets it starve to death in the trap! At least the barbarian who fly's around the world to shoot the animal does it quickly and somewhat less painfully.
Posted by Root on July 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM · Report this
Posted by Joe Szilagyi on July 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM · Report this
Ape must never kill ape. So says the Lawgiver.
Posted by tkc on July 24, 2012 at 10:09 AM · Report this
But if I can't kill gorillas, where will I get my chinese penis power sex aphrodisiac? It can only be made from the testicles of endagered gorillas.
Posted by Humans are superstitious dumbfucks on July 24, 2012 at 10:30 AM · Report this
blip 11
Leaving an animal to suffer a slow and agonizing death, despite said animal possessing some obliquely human qualities, despite not even being the intended target, is pretty fucking brutal. Hunting animals for sport is pretty heartless, too. I guess I'm not feeling much love for either option right now.
Posted by blip on July 24, 2012 at 10:59 AM · Report this
McGee 12
@4 Don't give the gorillas guns. That's how the world gets nuked.
Posted by McGee on July 24, 2012 at 11:29 AM · Report this
And this is why I hate humanity. They're the most useless animals in the world.
Posted by floater on July 25, 2012 at 1:14 AM · Report this
venomlash 14
Diane Fossey would be proud.
Posted by venomlash on July 25, 2012 at 2:32 PM · Report this

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