THIS is why we do our work!By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, February 1st, 2018 in Blog.
Every day that our Gorilla Doctors are in the forest to check on the health of mountain and Grauer’s gorillas, we are reminded about why we do our work: these animals are magnificent and inspiring, and their conservation and well-being is our #1 goal.
But sometimes, a very special reminder comes along that confirms that our mission is critical, and making a difference.
On Thursday January 18th, Dr. Eddy trekked into Virunga National Park to perform a health check on Humba group, accompanied by two park rangers and a tracker.
Dr. Eddy and his colleagues found the Humba group resting not far from the Gatovu ranger post. To their wonderful surprise, adult female Bonane was holding a newborn infant, still with its umbilical cord. Silverback Humba was staying close to Bonane and was very protective of the baby gorilla, keeping a close eye on Dr. Eddy and the team during their visit.
Why was it particularly thrilling to see Bonane thriving and with a healthy new baby? Because it was just two years ago that our veterinary team treated her for a serious injury on her elbow. Dr. Martin treated Bonane with antiobiotics and pain relievers to help the wound heal infection-free. Had Gorilla Doctors not been there to help Bonane, perhaps she would have become seriously ill from her wound, and unable to become pregnant and deliver a healthy new mountain gorilla for the world.
Bonane’s baby was a perfect example why we do our work…Gorilla Doctors is helping to save a species, one beautiful new gorilla at a time!
With all of you, we look forward to watching Bonane raise her new baby!
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