6 baby gorillas being rehabilitated after alleged poaching incident

9:44 AM, Jul 26, 2011   |    comments
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(NBC)-- Two African governments are working together to try to find homes for 6 orphaned baby gorillas.  The baby gorillas had been stolen by poachers. 

The Mountain Gorillas are between the ages of 5 and 8.  They were smuggled out of the Democratic Republic of Congo into Rwanda.  Authorities believe they were going to be sold by unknown buyers.  They also believe the gorillas' parents were killed. 

The gorillas were rescued by Rwandan authorities, treated by doctors and then flown to a new gorilla rescue center where they will be introduced to other rescued gorillas.  Eventually they will be released back into the wild. 
Mike Cranfield, the Director of the Gorilla Project says they want the gorillas to learn normal behavior. 
Cranfield says, "The mountain gorillas have come back to a very nice sanctuary in Rumangabo, and these ones are being transported to an awesome sanctuary at GRACE."
6 Congolese and Rwandan men are being held in connection with the alleged poaching.  Gorillas care sold on the world market for thousands of dollars. 


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