by Jeff Daum, Photojournalist, PPA
For many, the concept of a Gorilla conjures up King Kong. While they can be quite intimidating based on their typical size- 200 pounds for the females, and 400 pounds for the males, this short video shares their more ‘domestic’ side.
It was shot in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. Somewhat aptly named, because to catch a glimpse of the Mountain Gorilla, you need a permit, a guide and the willingness to slog up the mountain which is at times akin to a rainforest. There are no paths. The Impenetrable Forest floor is typically slippery, often thorn laden, with lots of roots to trip you up. Everyone falls at least a few times- the trick is to not get hurt when you do. Your guide leads you up to where the Gorilla family was last seen. Along the way, lower branches and nettles are cut away with a machete. The trek can be anywhere from a couple to four hours up the mountain before you hear, then come across the Gorillas.
In this video, you will initially see the adult male Mountain Gorilla, called a Silverback because of the silver/white hair down part of his back, relaxing in the grass near his family. Next is the mother cuddling one of the young gorillas. A sibling is seen foraging nearby. Mom then goes off for a snack.
Two of the young brothers (?) take this as an opportunity to get into a brief scrap and then appear to be conspiring. The Silverback then rejoins the family, where the mother is laying down with the young gorillas playing around and on her.
Finally, all pack off with one of the young gorillas hitching a ride on the mother’s back, while everyone follows the Silverback off.
Hope you enjoy the excursion.
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