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Old 10-08-2017, 03:57 PM
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I have been reading and watching videos about gorillas and I thought they were gentle and peaceful animals after all. In this video this Silverback gorilla seems to be stressed and really aggresive. Is the first time I see a gorilla screaming this way.

I am not a good english speaker so I can't understand everything said but I find strange, this man remains quiet.
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Old 10-08-2017, 04:38 PM
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not sure as I couldn't hear it ( I have lousy sound on my computer) but I'm thinking he wanted the baby back. Wonder if that was a male or female.
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Old 10-12-2017, 12:00 PM
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If that animal wanted to be "aggressive" that man would be dead. It was what is called a threat display. A Lot of noise, fast movement, etc. meant to intimidate a perceived threat away from the gorilla. As for why the man remains quiet, that is what is best to do to avoid escalating a threat display to a real attack.
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Old 10-27-2017, 02:34 PM
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I'm hoping the big gorilla didn't scoop the baby up for a snack
He might not have taken kindly to an infant not from his group.
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Old 10-29-2017, 07:15 PM
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I've seen this video before but I believe it was a few years ago. The answers are quite simple

-The silverback is protecting his family (which is his job) from the human by trying to intimidate him. Humans kill gorillas and gorillas know this. Wild Gorillas do not see humans overall as friendly people to co-exist with.
The man remains quiet as to not provoke the Gorilla even more.

-When the man appeared with a baby gorilla, it was too much and the Gorilla did what it had to to save the baby. In the gorilla's mind, the baby was in grave danger. The baby was adopted and raised as part of the Gorilla clan.
Happy ending for the orphaned baby.

The entire purpose of this encounter was to introduce the baby to the other gorillas so they would hopefully adopt it. They didn't expect the gorillas to act this aggressively and take the baby away by force.
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Old 10-29-2017, 10:24 PM
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A guy intrudes on a wild animal...

what's odd about the reaction?
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