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Sat Jul 21, 2012, 06:41 AM

Real Gorilla Youngsters Seen Dismantling Poachers’ Traps

Just days after a poacher’s snare had killed one of their own, two young mountain gorillas worked together Tuesday to find and destroy traps in their Rwandan forest home, according to conservationists on the scene.

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“This is absolutely the first time that we’ve vseen juveniles doing that … I don’t know of any other reports in the world of juveniles destroying snares,” said Veronica Vecellio, gorilla program coordinator at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s Karisoke Research Center, located in the reserve where the event took place.

“We are the largest database and observer of wild gorillas … so I would be very surprised if somebody else has seen that,” Vecellio added.

Bush-meat hunters set thousands of rope-and-branch snares in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, where the mountain gorillas live. The traps are intended for antelope and other species but sometimes capture the apes. Adults are generally strong enough to free themselves. Youngsters aren’t always so lucky. Just last week an ensnared infant named Ngwino, found too late by workers from Karisoke, died of snare-related wounds. Her shoulder had been dislocated during escape attempts, and gangrene had set in after the ropes cut deep into her leg. The hunters, Vecellio said, seem to have no interest in the gorillas. Even small apes, which would be relatively easy to carry away for sale, are left to die.

Rube Goldberg, Minus the Complexity

Poachers build the snares by tying a noose to a branch or a bamboo stalk, Vecellio explained. Using the rope, they pull the branch downward, bending it. They then use a bent stick or rock to hold the noose to the ground, keeping the branch tense. A sprinkling of vegetation camouflages the noose. When an animal budges the stick or rock, the branch springs upward, closing the noose around the prey. If the creature is light enough, it will actually be hoisted into the air.


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Ichingcarpenter Jul 2012 OP
xchrom Jul 2012 #1
markbark Jul 2012 #2
beac Jul 2012 #3
bupkus Jul 2012 #5
TeamPooka Jul 2012 #19
Fantastic Anarchist Jul 2012 #18
Ichingcarpenter Jul 2012 #4
malaise Jul 2012 #10
Auggie Jul 2012 #6
txwhitedove Jul 2012 #7
RC Jul 2012 #8
meow2u3 Jul 2012 #9
Surya Gayatri Jul 2012 #11
marsis Jul 2012 #12
Zalatix Jul 2012 #13
HopeHoops Jul 2012 #14
coalition_unwilling Jul 2012 #15
mzteris Jul 2012 #16
flamingdem Jul 2012 #17
DCKit Jul 2012 #20

Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sat Jul 21, 2012, 06:50 AM

1. excellent. nt

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sat Jul 21, 2012, 07:55 AM

2. Heh...

The anarchist in me wants the gorillas to start building poacher snares.

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Response to markbark (Reply #2)

Sat Jul 21, 2012, 08:42 AM

3. That wouldn't be anarchy.

That would be a level playing field.

Hunting-- the only sport where your opponent doesn't know he's playing.

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Response to bupkus (Reply #5)

Sun Jul 22, 2012, 01:48 AM

19. I'd like to arm them and make it even.

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Response to markbark (Reply #2)

Sat Jul 21, 2012, 07:13 PM

18. Agreed!

I was thinking the same thing.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sat Jul 21, 2012, 08:55 AM

4. I thought this was a nice story for today- Go. Go.. Gorillas

The younger generation shows hope.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Reply #4)

Sat Jul 21, 2012, 09:29 AM

10. Evolution

Wonderful story

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sat Jul 21, 2012, 09:10 AM

6. Magilla Guerrilla Gorilla

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sat Jul 21, 2012, 09:18 AM

7. Fascinating.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sat Jul 21, 2012, 09:21 AM

8. Good deal.

 

Now if they would connect the poachers with their traps and deal with the poachers.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sat Jul 21, 2012, 09:24 AM

9. Silverback to human: Back off. We can handle it ourselves

...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, Vecellio said.

Suddenly two juveniles—Rwema, a male; and Dukore, a female; both about four years old—ran toward the trap. As Ndayambaje and a few tourists watched, 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 raced for it. Joined by a third gorilla, a teenager named Tetero, Rwema and Dukore destroyed that trap as well.


I wonder who taught those gorilla kids how to "defuse" the traps. Either the silverback taught them or they learned from watching the humans destroy the traps. Either way, those "kids" are simian geniuses.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sat Jul 21, 2012, 09:34 AM

11. Go gorillas!!! Chalk several points for the simian team!

 

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sat Jul 21, 2012, 09:45 AM

12. Smarter than

 

the average Teabagger and half of the members of Congress.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sat Jul 21, 2012, 09:58 AM

13. How long before we hear, "NO!!!"

 

Excellent work, young apes!

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sat Jul 21, 2012, 11:11 AM

14. Juvenile delinquents. Next thing you know they'll be tagging trees with spray paint.

 

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sat Jul 21, 2012, 11:19 AM

15. I started flashing on The Kinks (ca. 1970) when I read this story

 



I think I'm sophisticated
cos I'm living my life like a good homosapien
But all around me everybodys multiplying
Till theyre walking round like flies man
So I'm no better than the anI'mals sitting in their cages
In the zoo man
cos compared to the flowers and the birds and the trees
I am an ape man

I think I'm so educated and I'm so civilized
cos I'm a strict vegetarian
But with the over-population and inflation and starvation
And the crazy politicians
I dont feel safe in this world no more
I dont want to die in a nuclear war
I want to sail away to a distant shore
and make like an ape man

I'm an ape man, I'm an ape ape man
I'm an ape man I'm a king kong man I'm ape ape man
I'm an ape man

Cos compared to the sun that sits in the sky
Compared to the clouds as they roll by
Compared to the bugs and the spiders and flies
I am an ape man

In mans evolution he has created the cities and
The motor traffic rumble, but give me half a chance
And I'd be taking off my clothes and living in the jungle
cos the only time that I feel at ease
Is swinging up and down in a coconut tree
Oh what a life of luxury to be like an ape man

I'm an ape, I'm an ape ape man, I'm an ape man
I'm a king kong man, I'm a voo-doo man
I'm an ape man

I look out my window, but I cant see the sky
cos the air pollution is fogging up my eyes
I want to get out of this city alive
And make like an ape man

Come and love me, be my ape man girl
And we will be so happy in my ape man world

I'm an ape man, I'm an ape ape man, I'm an ape man
I'm a king kong man, I'm a voo-doo man
I'm an ape man

I'll be your tarzan, you'll be my jane
I'll keep you warm and youll keep me sane
And well sit in the trees and eat bananas all day
Just like an ape man

I'm an ape man, I'm an ape ape man, I'm an ape man
I'm a king kong man, I'm a voo-doo man
I'm an ape man.

I dont feel safe in this world no more
I dont want to die in a nuclear war
I want to sail away to a distant shore
And make like an ape man.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sat Jul 21, 2012, 11:43 AM

16. I rather like to think

they figured it out for themselves. Humans are so damned arrogant, aren't we?

I guess my question would be, "what technique DO the humans use to dismantle traps"? Does "one jump on the tree branch and break it while the other frees the noose"? Doesn't seem to me what a "human" would do exactly.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sat Jul 21, 2012, 11:50 AM

17. facsinating nt

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sun Jul 22, 2012, 02:26 AM

20. I'lll donate a toolbox and all the basic tools.

 

Those kids seem to be a more worthwhile investment than anyone else I know.

No sarcasm tag, because I'm serious.

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