Baby Gorilla Stashed in Smuggler's Bag

Had been inside for 6 hours; 'is responding to treatment'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 28, 2009 1:00 PM CDT
A mountain gorilla holding her baby is seen in the Virunga National Park, near the Ugandan border in eastern Congo, in this Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008 file photo.   (AP Photo / Jerome Delay, File)
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(Newser) – A live baby gorilla was found at the bottom of a smuggler’s plastic bag in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a 3-month undercover smuggling probe, MSNBC reports. The female eastern lowland gorilla, which has a street value of up to $20,000, had been in the bag for 6 hours. She "remains weak, and is suffering from dehydration and malnutrition, but is responding to treatment,” said Congolese wildlife officials. The suspected smuggler was arrested yesterday after flying to the city of Goma with the gorilla.