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Gorilla Youngsters Seen Dismantling Poachers' Traps--A First


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Marty
- 730 days ago - news.nationalgeographic.com
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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Patrick Donovan (312)
Saturday July 21, 2012, 8:36 am
Anyone who thinks animals are "dumb" and have no emotions are stupider than they think the animals are.
 

Roger M. (0)
Saturday July 21, 2012, 8:38 am
How about that?

Now, if only they would set some traps or poachers............
 

Bianca D. (85)
Saturday July 21, 2012, 9:49 am
Wonderful!
 

AWAYnotHERE M. (445)
Saturday July 21, 2012, 2:16 pm
Thank you Marty...Never enough stars for you!
 

Marty Powell (127)
Saturday July 21, 2012, 2:32 pm
This is a fantastic find. I hope they document the behavior well. Its fantastic that they have started to protect themselves. The learning ability of primates always astounds me.
 

Nyack Clancy (427)
Saturday July 21, 2012, 6:10 pm
They will find all animals are much more intelligent that human beings give them credit for.
 

Nimue P. (220)
Saturday July 21, 2012, 6:33 pm
Brilliant! :)
 

Ruth R. (215)
Saturday July 21, 2012, 7:24 pm
Noted, posted to facebook, twitter and google.
"Gorillas are trying to save their own from extinction -- and quite successfully. Good going gorillas! Some people need to learn compassion a little more toward other people and gorillas."by R.A.R.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 12:47 am
Amazing and awesome! I bet you they have higher IQ'S than 99% of the world's population.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 12:48 am
Please keep flagging the spammers!
 

Peace Monger (185)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 2:08 am
Spammers flagged (am fed up & am declaring war on 'em by flagging every ad I see) /rant

Seems the Gorillas are fed up with the poachers & are actively doing something about it. Very good article Marty, thanks for bringing it to us.
 

Patricia H. (468)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 4:28 am
noted
 

Gina M. (0)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 7:27 am
It's quite obvious that animals are the once with brains and hearts, after all, humans are so stupid they destroy their own world!!
 

Valerie A. (1)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 11:50 am
Fantastic! Thanks
 

Dianne D. (453)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 1:01 pm
Love it. Now give them weapons to take care of the poachers.
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 1:14 pm
noted & read
 

Veronica C. (41)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 1:51 pm
Very impressive intelligence.
 

kye j. (41)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 2:32 pm
Lets hunt the hunters and give them some of their own medicine!!
 

Stuart Thomas (505)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 4:24 pm
WOW!!!! GOOD FOR THE GORILLA YOUNGSTERS FOR DOING WHAT THEY NEEDED TO DO TO PROTECT THEMSELVES, OTHER GORILLAS, AND OTHER ANIMALS!!!!
 

janet f. (29)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 4:49 pm
I love this article. You go, gorillas! Now if only we can show them how to trap and kill the poachers. I bet that would increase tourism.
 

BarbKnight SunshineLady (1633)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 5:18 pm
Gorilla youngsters are SO MUCH MORE INTELLIGENT THAN WE GIVE THEM CREDIT FOR!! WOOHOO!! WTG!!
 

Terri Hughes (412)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 9:46 pm
I love it, this has made my day. Animals are not given enough credit, they are very smart. Shame they just can't move them somewhere else and let the poachers get in one of there own traps. I hope that the gorillas dismantle every trap that they find. I would love to see the look on the poachers faces. Priceless. I do wish the poachers would leave these poor animals alone, before they become extinct. Keep up the good work kids and be safe and lets see who has the last laugh!!!!!
 

Ruth S. (314)
Monday July 23, 2012, 3:09 am
Animals have brains but no understanding of knowledge, Humans have knowledge but no brains, if they (Humans) did have brains they would not do all the horrible things that they do!!!
 

Herbert E. (10)
Monday July 23, 2012, 9:03 am
Could not these conservationists TEACH the gorillas dismantle traps ? Monkey see, Monkey do !
 

Lisa Neste (696)
Monday July 23, 2012, 12:57 pm
This is just another reason why I just love animals! Thanks for posting.
 

Marty Powell (127)
Monday July 23, 2012, 3:44 pm
what I wonder this.. when the silver back warned the humans to stay back so the youngsters could dismantle the trap... was he doing it to keep them from harm?
 

Gvapo T. (22)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 12:47 am
wow! amazing! :)))
 

Klaus Peters (9)
Friday July 27, 2012, 9:41 pm
Great to see these young gorillas taking action, very clever. This made my day!
 
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