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You may wonder why it is I choose this picture.
Its because to me, the mountainback gorilla represents a peaceful creature. It tends not to fight unless provoked, such as when being removed from its natural environment and being placed in captivity. It will beat its chest to demonstrate against a predator, and when a sufficient threat to one of his communities young, it will fight back.
Expeditions to capture mountain gorillas are some of the most dangerous, because if they stay over night, get caught in a storm, or have a run of bad luck and their rover stalls out in the wild, there is a risk the mountain gorillas will track the kidnappers back to where they came from by following the tracks in the mud, then attacking them when they camp at night.
So you see, even a peaceful creature, like a gorilla, will fight when it thinks it is being provoked, when it thinks it has no other options. There have been reports of apes stealing assault rifles while they are sleeping or on guard duty. They have even tried to use such weapons against us by firing them into the air and trying to drive us off with the loud sounds of the gun firing!
This is not news. Gorillas have been known to steal human tools and use them for hundreds of years. But the remarkable thing is, that after stealing these weapons, instead of discarding them when they get bored with them like they usually would, they actually remember to keep these things for themselves, burying them in case they need them.
This reminds me of an old man, buying a gun for his young grandson. His son's generation didn't need a gun, because he was still there to protect him. But now he is old, and he does not have faith in his son, and feels his grandson might one day need protection. In fact, he makes it his last request, because his grandson has his grandfathers spirit.
He asks that he "protect his father and his fathers estate, that he look after and care for his father, for his father was a good man and raised you right, and you came out all right, so just do that for me, would you son? Just do that for me."
Those were my fathers last words to me.