26 Jul '11, 10pm

These little guys experienced humanity at its worst & its best - Six Gorillas Orphaned by Poachers Get Airlifted Home:

In their few short years of life, six young mountain gorillas from the Congo have experienced humanity at both its worst and at its best. 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. The six gorillas, between the ages of five and eight years old, are believed to have been smuggled from a wildlife preserve in the Congo into the Rwanda by poachers, who likely killed the animal's parents. Wildlife traffickers probably planned to sell the animals as exotic pets or for their meat, whic...

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