Baby gorilla rescued from poachers! Also: OMG BABY GORILLA. So cute. So eerily human with her expressive face. I love you baby gorilla! Her rescuers named her Ihirwe, which means Luck in the Rwandan language Kinyarwanda. I will call her Lil’ Lucky from now on. Oh boy, that could be her DJ name! DJ Lil’ Lucky on the ones and twos! Though DJ Baby Gorilla is good too. Wow, that’s really good actually. One of you has my permission to take DJ Baby Gorilla as your DJ name. First come, first serve.
It’s likely she was taken from the Bukima area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) park. This little girl was rescued by Rwandan police after poachers stole her, presumably for the international pet trade. Nobody knows if her family was killed when the poachers kidnapped her or any of the circumstances surrounding how they got her. But she’s eight months old, adorbs and safe. I’m not sure what her future holds but for now she is in the care of the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project.
Mountain gorillas are critically endangered and according to a census by the International Gorilla Conservation Program, there are only 786 remaining in the mountains of DRC, Rwanda and Uganda. That’s like a medium-sized high-school. Fucking A. However, if you remember as I’ve written before, this is a dramatic increase from previous years. Let’s hope that continues. Also, screw whoever buys kidnapped baby gorillas from poachers! Who does that? Somebody is just like, “yeah, I totes need a gorilla” and calls their friendly neighborhood poacher? WTF.
That mama gorilla is all, “I LOVE YOU SO MUCH” and that baby gorilla is all, “GOD MOM THERE ARE PEOPLE AROUND!”
Ugh, they are so the best. This picture is by Andy Rouse, a photographer who trekked with gorillas in the wild. Buy this book of awesome gorilla pictures and 25 percent of the profits are donated directly to Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project. Also, if you ever want to trek with gorillas, I highly recommend it, as it’s the most amazing best, and a way to help keep gorillas around for generations to come. When I did it (JEALOUS?), I saw a baby gorilla bang on his chest a la King Kong! It was the most amazing shit that’s ever happened to me, ever. Including in my dreams. And I had a dream once where I was married to a unicorn who was also Gael García Bernal and we lived in a rainbow made of candy, OKAY?