Young Gorillas Dismantle Poachers’ Traps After Losing Their Friend

Animal and nature lovers go to great lengths to safeguard and preserve them, but there are also others who purposefully destroy them, such as hunters with questionable morals who brutally assault vulnerable animals.

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s Karisoke Research Center recorded an astonishing incident in 2012.



A ranger saw something he’d never seen before: two juvenile gorillas searching for and separating poachers’ traps.

At the time, Veronica Vecellio, the Gorilla program coordinator at Gorilla Dian Fosey, reported:

“This is the first time we’ve ever seen minors try something like this… We are the world’s largest database and monitor of wild gorillas, and I’m not aware of any other stories of youngsters smashing traps… So I’d be astonished if anyone else had seen it.”



According to reports, the juvenile mountain gorillas’ conduct 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.

These traps are meant to catch antelope and other animals, but gorillas occasionally get caught in them.


Days before these baby gorillas broke the traps, Karisoke personnel discovered another kid gorilla named Ngwino, who was unlucky since the trap dislocated his shoulder and he had gangrene due to rope cuts on his leg.


According to rescuers, hunters are uninterested in caged gorillas and typically allow them to die.

The traps employed by hunters are simple: a rope is used to construct a loop, which 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.


The trackers search the forest on a regular basis in order to dismantle the traps and preserve the endangered species; however, the reserve staff has found this challenging because the region is densely packed with traps that are difficult to spot.



One of these traps was discovered near one of the gorilla tribes by tracker John Ndayambaje, who was alerted by a Silverback named Vubu who snarled a warning.

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