How Do Mountain Gorillas Defend Itself?

Mountain gorillas are found in the tropical rain forests of Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. Like any other living creature, Gorillas also have enemies known as predators as man is the chief enemy of Gorillas. Man kills gorillas on traps, gun shots, spears to mention a few. In some countries like Democratic Republic of Congo, Gorillas are killed for meat and sometimes for fun or commercial use.

When their family is attacked or if they sense any danger, the typical response of a male silverback to a threat is making bluff charges by beating on their chest, making aggressive sounds or running up to their target quickly, then stopping a few feet away. However, if he runs away instead, the excited gorilla is provoked even more. He will follow the fugitive and bite him into the body part he can seize first, most frequently a leg or buttock. The result of such an attack usually is a deep wound.

Sometimes, gorillas pick up and swing sticks at the threat. If the aggressor stands on ground, the gorilla will often break off the attack as it is primarily designed as a bluff. However, if the animal turns and runs, the gorilla interprets this as weakness, and pounces on it.

While running toward the aggressor, the gorilla may beat his chest, scream or break vegetation. In the process the enemy may run and disappear.

Gorillas run away from the enemy. The female gorillas always fear to attack the aggressor and decide to run away. Like fathers at home, silverbacks are the strongest in the each gorilla group so they are taken as fighters and defenders of the gorilla groups. Once a threat occurs, the rest move under the silverback for defense.

Large males form harems of several females, their offspring and a few subordinate males. The dominant male will defend the group from all threats. Dominant male gorillas may exceed 400 pounds in weight, while females and subordinate males are typically smaller. The size of gorillas is enough to create fear to most predators

Gorillas protect themselves by living in groups that are protected by a large, dominant male and by being secretive. More so, they are skilled climbers so they can flee to the trees if pursued by a predator.

Silverback males give off a particularly intensive smell and emit characteristic sounds. Nonetheless for gorillas, their main line of defense is their strength.

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