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Touched By A Wild Mountain Gorilla

Hits: 10321 | Rating: (3.3) | Category: Misc. | Added by: MrPeabody
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Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 2021 Posts
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 8:45:07 AM
They taste like chicken.

Male, 30-39, Europe
 7 Posts
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 7:41:28 AM
I envy this man. That must be the experience of a lifetime.

Male, 18-29, Southern US
 2994 Posts
Monday, January 02, 2012 3:17:43 PM
incredible. made my heart race as if i was there when it happened.

Male, 18-29, Europe
 274 Posts
Monday, January 02, 2012 3:15:49 PM
"The wise old silver-back letting the little ones observe against her better judgement it seemed. Amazing stuff"

I get what you're saying (kinda) but "against her better judgement" I'd say that the silver back was fully aware that he had nothing to fear in that situation and thus was making an understandable decision to nurture the infants curiosity by taking station close to the 'camera man'. Also silver back's are the alpha males of gorilla familys.

On a personal note, few things amaze me more than the vast differences between humans and other apes in terms of cognitive and vocal ability despite the knowledge that our genetics dictate that we are almost exactly identical. However in spite of saying that the behaviours exhibited in this video were remarkably similar in terms of being civil/gentle.

tl;dr gorillas are cool

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 889 Posts
Monday, January 02, 2012 11:02:09 AM
Amazing. I can't even imagine how great of a personal memory that must be for him.

Male, 30-39, Asia
 791 Posts
Monday, January 02, 2012 8:44:18 AM
Why would he need a change of clothes? I was expecting some poo tossing or bodily fluids, what a disappointment,

Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 96 Posts
Monday, January 02, 2012 4:45:18 AM
I had the exact same experience at a Run DMC concert....

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 2562 Posts
Sunday, January 01, 2012 8:43:33 PM
The wise old silver-back letting the little ones observe against her better judgement it seemed. Amazing stuff

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 1242 Posts
Sunday, January 01, 2012 9:22:05 AM
Dolphins, like any wild animal, can attack but they ram. Knocking people off watercraft and dragging them under? Someone has been watching way too many cheap water horror films. Some show I saw on the educational channel said there was only one confirmed death by dolphin and the guy had abused the otherwise friendly dolphin.

Male, 50-59, Europe
 440 Posts
Sunday, January 01, 2012 9:15:02 AM
@I-s-bored: Don't underestimate dolphins. They all seem so funny and humorous, but don't forget they are top predators too. It would be easy for dolphins to nudge a jetski, throwing him off, and pulling him under water by an arm or leg and drown him. I think that is not much harder to do for a dolphin than a silverback charging in and breaking necks. (well, maybe a little harder, but dolphins still can be very dangerous animals)

Female, 50-59, Southern US
 3614 Posts
Sunday, January 01, 2012 7:11:56 AM
how absolutely thrilling! but how did the camera guy keep so steady? if i had been there i'd flash between stark terror and giddy laughter, right before they ripped me to bloody shreds!

Male, 18-29, Canada
 621 Posts
Sunday, January 01, 2012 4:12:26 AM
Damn near poo myself watching that god damn!

Male, 30-39, Europe
 127 Posts
Sunday, January 01, 2012 1:38:08 AM
They did say that this kind of encounter when the gorillas come into camp only happens 1-2 times a year, otherwise there's a strict no contact policy at Bwindi so that you never get closer than 10 metres or so.
The Rwanda gorilla trips on the other hand, where you actually go into the family groups is another matter:(

Male, 18-29, Canada
 2432 Posts
Saturday, December 31, 2011 11:47:28 PM
except those dolphins would have a harder time killing you if they felt like it

Male, 70 & Over, Africa
 797 Posts
Saturday, December 31, 2011 10:34:06 PM
Wow, that took a while to get to IAB.

Male, 18-29, Western US
 393 Posts
Saturday, December 31, 2011 9:51:36 PM
That close to a Silver back Male? I'd s-hit myself. I've seen a gorilla charge up close. Thanks god for plexiglass.

Male, 18-29, Australia
 361 Posts
Saturday, December 31, 2011 9:01:44 PM
Breathtaking. Nothing better than encounters with wild animals. Having wild dolphins frolicking round my jetski comes close to this.

Female, 18-29, Europe
 128 Posts
Saturday, December 31, 2011 7:45:28 PM
Well, I'm sure the experience was exhilarating and exciting. However I'm left feeling that such an experience should never be had. It's a shame what we've done to our natural resources.

Male, 50-59, Western US
 34619 Posts
Saturday, December 31, 2011 5:46:52 PM

The encroachment of humans has had a negative affect on gorillas.

Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 2752 Posts
Saturday, December 31, 2011 5:38:34 PM

Male, 30-39, Europe
 12144 Posts
Saturday, December 31, 2011 5:19:05 PM
Pure class. Great post!

Male, 50-59, Canada
 29101 Posts
Saturday, December 31, 2011 5:02:11 PM
2:49, the Silverback looks at the man? I felt real fear there! Holy poo, that's a BIG monkey!
The guy is so happy@! I'd be shatting myself! (although that might make them mad, bad idea eh?)

Ever cool!

Male, 13-17, Western US
 1081 Posts
Saturday, December 31, 2011 3:49:45 PM
great post, it's nice to be amazed every once in a while

Male, 18-29, Europe
 1452 Posts
Saturday, December 31, 2011 3:21:56 PM
700 wild Gorillas left on earth as far as we know and many people would give their right nut to interact with them like that. Me included!

I was watching An Idiot Abroad 2 earlyer... wonder if it's the same family?

Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 53 Posts
Saturday, December 31, 2011 3:14:52 PM
wow! that's so amazing! scary....but amazing!

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