Thread: Gorilla single leg take down
10/08/2011 8:20am, #21
Chimps, being hunters--unlike gorillas--can be downright nasty. The male average size of 200 pounds hasn't changed (they just look smaller because of bowed legs). However, estimates of their strength have recently been downgraded. Instead of the "five-times-a-human-of-the-same-weight" claims made decades ago, chimps have--when tested more reliably--been found to possess only two-and-a-half to three times the strength of a human of the same lean weight.
'Only' that much more...and that's inborn strength. No training required.
10/08/2011 10:13am, #22
Gorillas are very intelligent, peaceful and gentle primates who only behave dangerously when threatened as in this case.
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1) That it doesn't work
2) That it does work"
2/22/2012 9:54am, #23
Silverbacks are not known for outright violence (like Chimps) from what I have heard. They are more into territorial display. All the same that was one big gorilla.
2/22/2012 10:50am, #24
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2/22/2012 12:27pm, #25
I would have nightmares about it forever if that gorilla ever single legged me like that...
2/23/2012 11:35am, #26
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2/23/2012 12:26pm, #27
2/23/2012 12:56pm, #28
People with an understanding of gorilla behavior recognize that for what it is, but it would still be terrifying.
Those Silverbacks are fucking strong.
One of the most horrible scenes I've watched in a movie is one from Instinct. Anthony Hopkins plays an anthropologist who has literally ' gone back to the jungle' and gained the trust of a gorilla clan to the point where he can sit among them and even care for their young. Then these asshole corrupt ' forest rangers ' come along to do some poaching. Hopkins starts fighting with them to create a diversion so the gorillas can get away and is getting beaten with rifle butts. Then, the extent to which he has been accepted by the gorillas is shown when the lone Silverback charges out of the brush to defend him. Of course, he gets shot..and Hopkins' character has his head jammed under one of the killer's boots and held firmly in place so he can watch the animal die.
Its a very sad scene." If one wants to have a friend one must also want to wage war for him: and to wage war one must be capable of being an enemy." - Fr. Nietzsche 'On The Friend' Thus Spake Zarathustra