Monday, December 20, 2004

Baby Found Safe!

This is a different baby, not the one from the horrible human incident who was also found safe. This one is a mountain gorilla baby:

Police have arrested four suspected poachers and recovered a baby mountain gorilla that was stolen from its family in the forests of neighboring Congo, a spokesman said Monday.
Police detained the men Saturday following a tip that they had smuggled the 3-year- old primate into the border district of Mutura, in Rwanda's northwestern Gisenyi province, said Dismas Rutaganira, who led the police operation.
The animal was hidden in a sack and was being taken to unknown buyers in Kenya, Rutaganira said.
The suspects said that the baby was stolen from gorillas accustomed to visits by humans in Congo, said Fidele Ruzigandekwe, head of the Rwanda Wildlife Agency.

There are only 380 mountain gorillas left in the whole world! Dian Fossey lost her life for their sake, but most humans seem to think that rarity increases market value. The poachers had fed the adult gorillas bananas which were laced with something. Otherwise the adults would have killed the poachers which would have served them right.

I wonder how many wonderful animal species will be completely extinct before humans learn? If the light bulb ever lights up.