Gorilla In The Mist Analysis

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Gorilla in the Mist is a 1988 American drama film directed by Michael Apted and starring Sigouney Weaver based on true story of naturalist Dian Fossey work in Rwanda with mountain gorillas and was nominated for five Academy Awards. She is the second Leakey’s Angel which studied gorillas for 18 years and wrote about her research in the bestselling book Gorilla in the Mist about the relationship between humans and animals. She was born in San Fransisco, California in 1932 and she worked as physical therapist but devote her life to study of primates which inspired by the anthropologist Louis Leakey.
Even though she didn’t have any scientific training in this field but trough her passion and effort in 1960s, Leakey helped her find a research position in the Democratic of Congo and later she moved onto Rwanda to do additional research
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She revealed that gorillas also have family as human, where male and female gorillas within a group share a strong bond. For example when a male member of group dies, the females will leaves the group. The mother gorilla shares a strong relationship with the offspring. Mother gorillas tenderly care for their babies and cling to the mother’s abdomen or on her side until the infant becomes independent about a year old. She also discovered that many human behaviors such as playing and tickling, exhibited by children in playground are shared by gorillas when she saw an old gorilla tickle a baby with a flower like a kindly grandfather. Uniquely, she also revealed that gorilla fathers like any good dad will fight back anyone when they feel will hurt their family. The father also show a kind and tolerant dad where it can’t be seen from the research that done

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