When gorillas attack!

Ok that title is a bit of an exaggeration, but it is what I thought had happened the other day. I had just finished following Mama and
was starting to work with Kingo. Roberta was off following Mekome. Kingo was calmly feeding when off in the distance we could hear
females start to pig grunt at one another. The grunting got louder and louder. Kingo rushed off to investigate. We were following
behind, but he can move a lot quicker through the ebuka than we can so he was quickly out of sight. The grunting was still getting
louder and louder and Kingo was joining in. Suddenly there was screaming. I’ve heard females screaming before but this time the
screaming sounded an awful lot like Roberta screaming ‘hey hey hey’ so I freaked out thinking oh no, she’s gotten stuck in
the middle of a female conflict and some one just bit her on the leg!

We arrive on the scene and there is no Roberta. Ugly is moving rapidly away, Mama is cowering on the ground next to Kingo and he is
calmly eating leaves off a branch. Mbolo, who was my tracker, explained what happened. Ugly had the branch and Mama was trying to get it
off her. Ugly gave up the branch to Mama but Kingo had come to check out the fight and he wanted the branch so took it off Mama and that
was the screaming! So Kingo won that conflict and now I know that Mama can scream just like a human!

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One Comment

  1. Brenton H
    Posted December 31, 2009 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    Happy New Year to you in the forest and all of your support trackers.

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