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    Man jailed for killing beloved mountain gorilla said he ‘speared him in self defence’

    A man has been jailed for 11 years after killing a popular mountain gorilla at a national park in Uganda.

    Felix Byamukama pleaded guilty to a number of wildlife offences committed at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

    The gorilla, a male named Rafiki, was reported missing on 1 June and was found dead the next day.

    Two days later, Byamukama was arrested with several hunting items, including a spear and snares, according to a statement from the Uganda Wildlife Authority.

    Rafiki – “friend” in Swahili – led the Nkuringo troop of more than a dozen gorillas.

    The troop has been popular with visitors for decades, according to the New York Times.

    Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, chief executive of Conservation Through Public Health NGO, said that the killing was unintentional.

    source: Skynews

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