Baby Gorilla Rescued From Wooden Crate After Poachers Killed His Mother

Mother gorillas are fiercely protective of their babies, so when officials found a one-year-old baby gorilla in Cameroon, rescuers believe that his mother was killed for the illegal bushmeat trade, a black-market industry that kills thousands of primates every year in Africa. All too often leaving baby animals without parents.

baby gorilla rescue

Orphaned animals often end up being trafficked and sold as exotic pets. Once they are too big to handle, owners don’t want them anymore. Babies cannot fend for themselves in the wild.

In this baby gorilla’s case, he was saved before he could experience any more horror.

baby gorilla rescue

Authorities in a village in the east of the country heard what was inside of a dark wooden box.  It is unclear as to just how long the baby gorilla was living in the box, but at such a young age, he certainly was scared.

baby gorilla rescue

baby gorilla rescue

“The little one had to start his life in a small cage tied to a pole,” Sandra Henoch, spokesperson for Pro Wildlife, an organization based in Germany that supports the Limbe Wildlife Center (LWC) in Cameroon said. “He is probably a victim of the illegal wildlife trade.”

baby gorilla rescue

When the rescuers opened up the box, they had to cut the rope that was tied tightly around his ankle.

The little gorilla immediately felt secure while people coordinated his transfer into a crate and into a car to drive him back to LWC.

baby gorilla rescue

baby gorilla rescue

“His mother would not have left him alone without fierce resistance, so it’s highly likely that she was killed and sold in illegal bushmeat trade,” LWC explained on Facebook. “We are grateful the orphan is doing well, despite the trauma he experienced. We give him all the time he needs to settle and surround him with lots of love and special care.”

baby gorilla rescue

baby gorilla rescue

After just a few weeks at the rescue center, the little gorilla is in better spirits.

baby gorilla rescue

His caretakers play with him to relieve his anxiety and teach him how to forage for food, something his mother would have taught him.

baby gorilla rescue

He’ll be integrated into a group of other young gorillas once he is healthy enough.

baby gorilla rescue

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