A few days ago, the Mikeno Lodge staff discovered one of the luxury bungalows had been ransacked. The main door handles were broken and both doors were swung open wide. Frankly, it looked as if someone had held an all night “rage” party in the bungalow. The king bed mattress was nearly knocked off the bed frame and pillows and linens were strewn across the floor. And then there was the bathroom… Clearly, whoever did this never made it to finishing school.
Swinging from the curtains? Really?
That’s an unlit candle on the bed, not a shot glass (thankfully).
Who would have done such a thing, thought the staff. After all, Mikeno Lodge is located at park headquarters in Rumangabo, which is a very secure place. This had to be an inside job. If you are thinking what they were thinking, you would have a clear image of the likely perpetrators: juveniles, about four feet tall, and covered in hair from head to toe. Lodge staff followed their intuition and headed down to the Senkweke Center to see if “the girls” might have escaped. Turns out there had been a break in the electric fence. Although mountain gorilla orphans, Ndeze, Ndakasi, and Maisha all had saintly looks on their faces, the pieces of the puzzle seemed to be falling into place. Upon closer inspection back at the bungalow, one could see the faint outlines of gorilla feet. Interestingly, there were no signs of baby gorilla footprints. It appears that baby Matabishi – a male – remained behind at the Senkwekwe Center and displayed a level of maturity that far exceeded his age. I know what you’re thinking… Girls just want to have fun, right?
Ndeze: Do I look like a criminal?