In a few short years of life, six young mountain gorillas from the Congo have experienced humanity at both its worst and best, from poachers to conservationists.
We also have zookeepers keeping tigers cool in an innovative way, a gorilla that turned the camera on himself, a monkey that made his own nail file, a bear with his head trapped in a jar (for three weeks!), organized crime syndicates attacking protected wildlife, and more in the Week in Animal News.
Orphaned Gorillas on Their Way Home
When these threatened animals were just infants, poachers killed their parents and smuggled them across the border into Rwanda, likely to be sold as pets on the illegal wildlife market, or killed for the bushmeat trade.
But thanks to a collaborative effort between the two nations and conservation organizations, the endangered gorillas were rescued from the grip of traffickers -- and now they're readying for a return to their native forests.
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