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Baby Gorilla Rescued From Suspected Traffickers

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(CNN) -- Undercover officers rescued a baby gorilla from suspected animal traffickers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a national park in the country announced Tuesday.

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Dee C (23)
Friday May 1, 2009, 8:44 pm
" The gorilla, thought to be about two years old, was hidden at the bottom of a bag and covered with clothes when Congolese Wildlife Authority officers arrested the suspected trafficker on Sunday, Virunga National Park said.

The gorilla, a female, was overheated and dehydrated after six hours in transit. She also had a puncture wound on her right leg, among other injuries, and is malnourished, but is responding to treatment, the park said in a statement.

It is not clear if the young gorilla's mother is alive or dead, park spokeswoman Samantha Newport said.

"You can assume that a gorilla family was attacked in order for the traffickers to obtain a baby -- but it is impossible to know if a whole family was wiped out, just a few individuals, or none at all," she said. "In most cases gorillas have to die to get a baby -- but we cannot know specifically for this case."

The animal is now being looked after by specially trained carers, Newport said."

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Mandi T (390)
Friday May 1, 2009, 9:50 pm
Thank goodness for the baby:-)
Tx Dee

Patrick W (119)
Saturday May 2, 2009, 12:16 pm
What a beautiful animal... If no one else wants her, I'll take her :)
I am happy to see they rescued her from what would have been a miserable life (or agonizing death).

Big Kudos to the Congolese Wildlife Authority. Those guys put their own lives on the line doing their jobs. A number of them have been killed going after poachers.

Dee C (23)
Saturday May 2, 2009, 12:25 pm
Patrick..that is sweet of you but I hope she/he..stays where they belong..It is cruel to take them from their natural homes..No matter how well we fool ourselves into thinking we can give them what they need..they need to stay free..
I hope they will take care of her/him..and then release it..

Pat B (356)
Saturday May 2, 2009, 1:03 pm
Awww....poor little baby. I too hope that she recovers, and gets (hopefully) back with her group in the forest! Thank you, Dee for this article.
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