Monday, June 11, 2007

Mountain Gorilla shot dead, execution style

In some dreadful news from the Democratic Republic of Congo, National park rangers are working to try and save a 2-month-old baby gorilla, which was found clinging to its dead mother. The adult gorilla had been shot through the back of the head, "execution style", most likely by Mai-Mai rebels. Full story at Reuters AlertNet.
"She's more or less OK. It is certainly a worrying situation, but not hopeless," Paulin Ngobobo, senior warden in eastern Congo's Virunga National Park, told Reuters from the city of Goma where he is looking after the female infant.
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It was unclear who had killed the adult female or why. She had been killed "execution-style" in the back of the head and left at the scene rather than taken away to be eaten, said Emmanuel de Merode of conservation group Wildlife Direct.
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"She was shot at very close range ... a second gorilla was probably shot because there was a trail of blood nearby and three gunshots were heard. The other was probably wounded and got away," he said.

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