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Gorillas Seen Dismantling Poachers' Traps In The Wild - A First
A pair of gorillas have been observed seeking out and destroying poachers' snares after an infant in their group was killed by one of the traps.
A few short days after a gorilla infant was killed, a pair of wild gorillas
were caught on camera dismantling poachers' snares. According to
conservationists, this is the first time anyone has seen that kind of
planning, precision, and ingenuity by mountain gorillas.
"This is absolutely the first time that we've seen juveniles doing that - I don't know of any other reports in the world of juveniles destroying snares. We are the largest database and observer of wild gorillas - so I would be very surprised if somebody else has seen that."
Reportedly, bush-meat hunters set thousands of rope-and-branch snares in
Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park hoping to trap antelope and other species. Now
and again, apes are caught in the traps. While adults are usually strong enough
free themselves, youngsters aren't always so lucky.
Suddenly, two juveniles - Rwema, a male; and Dukore, a female - ran toward
the trap. As Rewema jumped on the bent tree branch and broke it, Dukore freed
the noose. Then, the pair spied another snare nearby - one the tracker had
missed - and raced for it. A third gorilla joined them and helped dismantle it.
"They were very confident," she said. "They saw what they had to do, they did it, and then they left."
Never before has anyone reported this kind of teamwork in destroying
poachers' traps. Some who work with apes, such as Dr. Mike Cranfield of the
Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project,
aren't surprised by their ingenuity, however. He joked: