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Sat Apr 20, 2019, 01:22 PM

Gorillias pose with Anti-Poaching Officers



The gorillas live in Virunga National Park – a UNESCO world heritage site in the Democratic Republic of Congo – and can be seen posing in pics with anti-poaching officers. This is their sanctuary; the magnificent creatures live a dangerous life and are constantly under threat of being hunted and illegally sold as ‘bushmeat’. Unfortunately, over the last 20 years, the area has been ‘deeply’ impacted by war. ‘Virunga is protected by a dedicated team of over 600 rangers,’ a statement reads on the Virguna website.

https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/20/gorillas-put-selfie-game-shame-pose-anti-poaching-officers-9276776/

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Reply Gorillias pose with Anti-Poaching Officers (Original post)
Cattledog Apr 20 OP
rurallib Apr 20 #1
hlthe2b Apr 20 #2
Demovictory9 Apr 20 #3
donkeypoofed Apr 20 #4
Cracklin Charlie Apr 20 #5
erronis Apr 20 #8
BigmanPigman Apr 20 #9
RiverStone Apr 20 #10
red dog 1 Apr 20 #14
donkeypoofed Apr 20 #19
RandySF Apr 20 #12
murielm99 Apr 20 #6
RandySF Apr 20 #13
paleotn Apr 21 #24
Farmer-Rick Apr 20 #7
RiverStone Apr 20 #11
red dog 1 Apr 20 #15
crazytown Apr 20 #16
blueseas Apr 21 #32
mountain grammy Apr 20 #17
soryang Apr 20 #18
Pepsidog Apr 20 #20
nuxvomica Apr 20 #21
JohnnyRingo Apr 21 #22
flvegan Apr 21 #23
lostnfound Apr 21 #25
Dream Girl Apr 21 #30
Me. Apr 21 #26
tblue37 Apr 21 #27
MuseRider Apr 21 #28
keithbvadu2 Apr 21 #29
Nitram Apr 21 #31

Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 01:29 PM

1. That is just an incredible photo

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 01:34 PM

2. Bless those there to protect them...

and, like the poachers stomped by elephants and eaten by lions in other areas of Africa, may THESE poachers similarly receive their own just karma.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 01:36 PM

3. Great photo

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 01:46 PM

4. They're smart and know who's helping them and who isn't

What a fantastic photo! I'll never forget it.

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Response to donkeypoofed (Reply #4)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 02:26 PM

5. I followed my granddaughter into a gorilla exhibit at my local zoo.

Before I get close to the glass, I see a female gorilla looking intently at me. I start walking to the glass, and she starts heading to the glass, too, but from inside the enclosure. We get to the glass at the same time, and while still looking at me, she turned her back to me, and slumped down next to the glass.

In her arms was a tiny gorilla baby! She was coming to show me her baby! Of course, I told her how beautiful her baby was, and what a fine mommy she was, and thank you for showing me your baby.

I walked out of that exhibit with tears streaming down my face.

This picture is wonderful!

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Response to Cracklin Charlie (Reply #5)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 02:50 PM

8. That's a wonderful image. Thank you. And I *KNOW* that most animals share our

abilities, feelings, motivations.

It's our fault if we can't understand them. Not the other way around.

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Response to Cracklin Charlie (Reply #5)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 02:59 PM

9. I can't forget a TV show I saw a while ago where one died.

It was a mother primate and all the others from the group came to where her body was and they stayed there for a couple of days mourning and then moved on.

Her child was not an adult yet and was so sad that he built a hammock of leaves in the tree's branches over where his mother's body was. He stayed there for three weeks, never leaving, and died himself...he died indirectly from grief.

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Response to Cracklin Charlie (Reply #5)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 03:17 PM

10. While radically cute, sad both mother & baby will never know freedom

Or at least life in a jungle gorilla sanctuary or nature preserve.

I appreciate some zoos have educational value, but seeing such bright and social animals locked into enclosures is depressing (particularly for them).

Check out:

http://www.janegoodall.org/our-work/our-approach/

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Response to Cracklin Charlie (Reply #5)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 03:34 PM

14. Great story!

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Response to Cracklin Charlie (Reply #5)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 05:34 PM

19. Awwww, what a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing it

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Response to donkeypoofed (Reply #4)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 03:20 PM

12. I wonder how self-actualization they nay have.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 02:38 PM

6. The one on the left is adorable.

He reminds me of some of the old men around here, standing with their hands in their pockets and their bellies sticking out.

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #6)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 03:20 PM

13. He has my figure!!

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #6)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 10:06 AM

24. Well, they are our part of our extended family.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 02:44 PM

7. Are those females?

The females always remind me of cuddly bears, though the young males look similar.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 03:19 PM

11. Anti-poaching hero! Great pic

Thanks for sharing

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 03:35 PM

15. Outstanding photo!

K&R, thanks for posting.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 03:41 PM

16. Another photo

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Response to crazytown (Reply #16)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 03:09 PM

32. That is a great photo!!

How much does it weigh?

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 04:21 PM

17. Best thing I've seen all day..

Thank you!!

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 05:10 PM

18. Ranger killed weeks after reopening of Virunga national park

Last edited Sat Apr 20, 2019, 06:33 PM - Edit history (1)

Ranger killed weeks after reopening of Virunga national park
March 8, 2019

Park in DRC was shut last year for more than eight months after series of attacks on staff

A statement from the park said the ranger, Freddy Mahamba Muliro, died during an attack on a ranger position in its central sector. It gave no further details.
“We are in deep mourning for Ranger Freddy. It is a tragedy that his young life has been cut short in dedicated service to Virunga. Now more than ever, Ranger Freddy’s death highlights the very real threats to our rangers in their protection of Virunga national park,” said Emmanuel de Merode, the park’s director. More than 170 rangers have been killed in Virunga in recent decades. At least 12 died in clashes with militia and smugglers in Virunga in the months before the closure, one of the bloodiest periods in the park’s history.


https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/08/ranger-killed-weeks-after-reopening-of-virunga-national-park

I recall having seen a documentary about this park a fews years ago, that proposed that it wasn't just poachers who were a threat to the environment, animals and staff there but also the militia forces who were secretly supported by outside commercial interests who see the preserve as an obstacle to resource exploitation in the region.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 09:00 PM

20. That's crazy. Never saw gorillas stand up

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 11:29 PM

21. It looks like a publicity photo for an 80s British rock band

Very cool that the gorillas are so cool around their protectors.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 12:27 AM

22. I saw Jim Jefffords' show about these heroes.

It's always nice to hear from the good people of Earth.

Thanx for posting.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 12:31 AM

23. The only good poacher is a dead poacher.

If anyone wants to talk about "good guys with guns" here you go.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 10:32 AM

25. Does anyone else wonder if these are either fake or dangerous?

Ithe source is a Facebook page.

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Response to lostnfound (Reply #25)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 01:14 PM

30. I didn't think gorillas outdo stand upright like that.

Does seem fake to me. Sorry...hope I’m wrong.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 10:40 AM

26. Stunning

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 10:42 AM

27. How charming! K&R. nt

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 10:50 AM

28. I worked with gorillas a little.

I was not intimately involved with them or their care but spent enough time around them to say that other than their way of communicating they are almost just like us. We do communicate much like they do however.

The story above about the mother showing her baby is typical (but what an experience that was!). What we have done to the animal kingdom, mostly because we have been told we are the best and the brightest and they are here to be ruled by us, is the most disgusting part of our character. I feel less upset when we do it to ourselves. We really are very badly equipped to be the kingdom rulers and seemingly have little mind to change in a large way.

If we had more time with the Internet some of it would have gotten better I think but we do not have enough time left to actually change enough not to stop the torture and trophy needs of the many.

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 11:40 AM

29. Killed for bushmeat. What a waste!

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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 02:04 PM

31. The apes look like bored gangsters in suits with their hands in their pockets. Its a beautiful

photogaph of humanity at its finest: protecting the weak and vulnerable from harm.

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