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4 Rwandan gorillas killed by lightning in Uganda

Four mountain gorillas from Volcanoes national park in Rwanda have been found dead inside Uganda's Mgahinga national park in southwestern Uganda.

The gorillas are suspected to have been killed by a lightning strike on February 3. The deceased gorillas include three adult females and a male infant.

The Hirwa family of 17 members crossed to Uganda’s Mgahinga national park on August 28, 2019 from Volcanoes national park in Rwanda. 

According to a statement from the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC), a transboundary organisation coordinating the management of natural resources in the Virunga massif, the four mountain gorillas were all from the Hirwa family in Rwanda. 

Following the discovery of the dead gorillas, GVTC says in the statement that it led a team accompanied by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and Gorilla Doctors to assess the cause of death and identify the state and health of the other family members.

A post-mortem was performed and samples collected for detailed laboratory analysis. Based on the gross lesions from the post-mortem, field assessment observation and history, the tentative cause of death for all four individuals is likely to be electrocution by lightning.

"Confirmation of the cause of death will be issued after a histopathology laboratory exam of the collected samples, which is expected to take 2-3 weeks. 

The group is among many other mountain gorilla families that range within the Virunga massif ecosystem, which is comprised of three regional parks: Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla national park in Uganda.

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0 #1 Carlos Olaaka 2020-02-08 09:31
That is very sad we tracked this very family in January.

It is a tragedy for our gorillas and the entire staff of Mgahinga forest national park.
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-2 #2 miki 2020-02-08 11:43
Maybe these gorillas paid with dear life for defying President Kagame's directive that nobody and nothing should cross the boundary into Uganda when the borders are officially closed?

Human beings from both sides of the border have been gunned down inside Rwanda just for trying to find food or even medicine for their families.

Now if you let gorillas roam and range freely across the borders, let the human beings of the three countries interact and deal freely like they have done, and will do, forever.
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0 #3 Amooti Mugi 2020-02-08 11:46
so sad for these innocent beasts that met their death as they moved across their territory.

A lightening strike on animals is a relatively new phenomenon in a conservation area...
we wildlife lovers implore the three countries who share this conservation area to cooperate to ensure the safety of these beasts that earn the three countries several millions of dollars a year ....

Especially Uganda is headed for a worse disastrous loss when it dams its Murchison Falls in Murchison Falls National Park, unless it comes BACK TO ITS SENSES.
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+1 #4 Lysol 2020-02-08 22:39
When the corrupt regime of Museveni kills and torture Ugandans the world does not give a damn.

But the whole word is shedding tears because the amusement and cheap money earning is gone by lightning? How many Uganda die by lightning every year?

I onced witnessed 3 women being struck down by lengthening from their way from a local market.

The big mouth Opondo looks alike/cousins is now big news? There are many other gorillas in the forests, hiding and will come out when they are not being used for profit and entertainment by the so-called tourists.
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+1 #5 Lysol 2020-02-10 22:36
Quoting miki:
Maybe these gorillas paid with dear life for defying President Kagame's directive that nobody and nothing should cross the boundary into Uganda when the borders are officially closed?

Human beings from both sides of the border have been gunned down inside Rwanda just for trying to find food or even medicine for their families.

Now if you let gorillas roam and range freely across the borders, let the human beings of the three countries interact and deal freely like they have done, and will do, forever.

Those primates looks more like the Kleptomaniac big mouth one Opondo.
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+1 #6 Lysol 2020-02-10 22:55
Those Opondo's look-alike brothers were not gorillas from Rwanda but were Uganda gorillas.

Next will talk how Kagame snapped a photo -op with Museveni at the current AU meetings.
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0 #7 Lakwena 2020-02-11 08:45
Quoting Amooti Mugi:
so sad for these innocent beasts that met their death as they moved across their territory.

A lightening strike on animals is a relatively new phenomenon ...


Amooti, lightening striking animals in the wild is not a new phenomena. Even domestic animals are sometimes hit by lightening.

In 1990, in a business venture; we rented a family friend's disused Piggery Farm in Buloba, But unfortunately ten of the pigs were hit dead by lightening.

Because of the bolt (impact/explosion), those that survived the blast, suffered broken backs and limbs. As a result of the sudden carnage, we were forced to abandon the project.
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