Dr. Jean Felix recently visited Kwitonda group in Volcanoes National Park for a routine health check and observed the second ranking silverback Kigoma, and juvenile female Lisanga, eating ants - and the young female was using a twig to "fish"for ants. He reported that Kigoma initially was “eating ants by reaching his left hand into the ant pile before putting it in his mouth. He ran away at one point - it appeared the ants were biting his arm. Afterwards, juvenile female Lisanga joined him and used a piece of wood to retract the ants from their nest."
Dr. Jean Felix had another uncommon observation during this routine health check. On the way to the group, his team found an African porcupine skeleton caught in a snare. The team dismantled the wire snare and removed it from the forest.
Dr. Jean Felix reported that all 24 gorillas in Kwitonda group were in good general health during his observation. They were active and busy feeding on Urera hypselodendron and Secamone africana.
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