It was amazing to see these nearly-human black balls enjoying what looks to me like a good life. They eat, sleep, fart and wrestle amongst themselves all day long and yes, they beat their chests, it shows dominance and strength. Even the two-year old beat his chest and the ground to show toughness.
The chief of the family, Muninia lazes around while everyone else wrestles and causes what looks like a lot of mischief. Our guide explained that the teenagers are proper troublemakers that like to test the behaviour of each other and us humans. I had my leg slapped and another gorilla pulled on my pants, fortunately they didn't come down. Muninia protects them so they can pretty much do whatever they want. The teenage gorillas reminded me of my younger years in bars with Warren, my big and very strong friend. I could really push limits because no matter what, Warren had my back and would take care of any trouble for me. Muninia does the same for his family, we're not so different after all.
Toward the end of the tour, Muninia chose to move closer and take a nap right next to us. I think watching the young ones tired him out.
I asked our guide to take me to the females and two gorilla babies, but it was impossible. As we approached, a young male blocked the path. He was protective and his body language suggested we weren't going to get any closer.
Us humans seem to be very curious about gorillas. Every day a tour of people turns up and stare and point at them for an hour. It sure would be nice to figure out what they think of us?