THE MAN MONKEY.
The gorillas are the terror of Africa. In the gorilla country no lion will live. They are man-haters, and kill them for the love* of it, leaving the body, never eating them. When they spy a negro, they come down from a tree, hit him on the head with a club, which they wield with their hind claw, or carry him Up into the tree, there to murder him. Their strength is so great that they will bend the barrel of a rifle. Only one live one was ever brought to England, and that soon died. Several have been shot, but they are tough custo’mers, and the natives dread them more than any animal of the African forests. The gorilla makes a bed like a hammock, and swings in the trees. The gorilla is the sworn enemy of the elephant, because each derives its subsistence from the same source. When he sees an elephant pulling down and wrenching off the branches of a favorite tree, the gorilla steals along the bough, strikes the sensitive proboscis of the elephant a violent blow with his club, and drives off the clumsy and startled giant, shrilly trumpeting his pain and rage through the jungles of the forest
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THE MAN MONKEY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 701, 29 July 1882
THE MAN MONKEY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 701, 29 July 1882
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