Saturday, July 15, 2006

MOUNTAIN GORILLAS - Patrols destroy 1000 poaching snares

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International's Field News has an article this month on the anti-poaching patrols which found and destroyed over 1000 animal snares last year. Not necessarily intented for Gorillas, these vile traps are really aimed at catching other animals such as antelope to be consumed as "bush meat". The potential consequences of a gorilla being caught in one of these is all too obvious.
2-year-old Tayna was also found in a snare, but this time still hanging in it by her left hand. Her entire group was gathered around and silverback Titus was making attempts to free her. Unfortunately, due to the way the snares work, his efforts only succeed in making the noose tighter!
Full story at the DFGFI site.

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