Clashes between the Isabukuru and Musilikale Gorilla groups in Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda) led to the death of Infant Kura, one of the twins of 17 year old Gorilla, Isaro. This happened on Sunday the 8th of January 2017. Infant Kura’s death comes just one year after the remarkable birth of her and her twin to adult female Isaro in the Isabukuru group. They were the third known set of surviving twins among mountain gorillas in the Virungas. The first twin died in August 2016 after sustaining severe injuries when Musilikale group challenged Isabukuru. Kura survived that interaction unharmed. The twins were born on January 18, 2016 in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda to sixteen-year-old female Isaro – she is also the mother of 6-year-old Keza and 3-1/2 year-old Icyororo.
Kura suffered multiple injuries causing blood loss and then death. Noel, Mike, Methode and Gaspard from the Gorilla Doctors organization performed a postmortem examination to see if there were any underlying conditions that caused the uncertain death.
Roughly 25% of mountain gorilla infants do not survive their first year of life and we expect the rate for twins to be just as high if not higher.
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