Sunday, March 20, 2005

MOUNTAIN GORILLAS - An acrobat appears in the forest

Another personal story of a trip to see the Mountain Gorillas, this one on Vail Daily News.
We hadn't walked more than 50 feet when I first saw a mountain gorilla. It was a baby, about 4 months old. It looked like a small child in the forest.

As we got closer there was a female, then another baby, then a large male. We were as close a 7 feet from the baby and 10 feet from the adults. The vegetation being as dense as it was made photography challenging.

The baby began to climb a small tree directly in front of us. He played and swung around till he slipped. Then he grabbed a vine above him and began an acrobatic routine that cracked us up. Swinging and hanging upside down.