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Baby gorilla safe from poachers

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 - 01:47

Aug 10 - A baby mountain gorilla, rescued from poachers, is treated at the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Tara Cleary reports.

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A baby gorilla, safe from poachers, for the moment, anyway. Rwandan authorities rescued the animal, estimated to be between eight and twelve months old, from poachers, who claim to have bought the gorilla for 15,000 U.S. dollars in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. Volcanoes National Park Vet, Jean Felix Kinani says the ape is being treated for a respiratory infection. SOUNDBITE: Volcanoes National Park Veterinary, Jean Felix Kinani, saying (English): "When we found this gorilla baby at police station, he was coughing a lot. Even the poachers who were with the gorilla were coughing also. For us it was a good time to take him because we give antibiotics and had to give also Ibuprofen." Poachers sell gorillas as exotic pets or for consumption as bush meat. For Kinani though, despite the potential dangers, returning the gorilla to its environment is a priority. SOUNDBITE: Volcanoes National Park Veterinary, Jean Felix Kinani, saying (English): "She misses her mom, you know? She miss the mum she is looking for affection on human, which is good but I think very soon we bring it back in a place where there is other mountain gorillas because we don't want these gorillas to be over habited with people because it would be difficult to be introduced in the park, in the field.'' The World Wildlife Fund classifies mountain gorillas as critically endangered, with only about 680 surviving in the wild, all in central Africa. Tara Cleary, Reuters.

Baby gorilla safe from poachers

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 - 01:47

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