Are gorillas afraid of water

Gorillas aren’t afraid of water

Gorillas like other apes including humans find it hard to swim naturally which prompts them to desist from expanse water masses like Lakes and Rivers. It has been recorded however that both adult and young gorillas like to play around with water. While in quest of their food, gorillas tend to walk through swamps on their two legs keeping water levels up to their waists.
In case of heavy down pour, gorillas tend to stay in static position waiting for it to settle down. Assume there is a shelter nearby in form of a cave or any related feature, gorillas will approach it and sit below it for until the rain is done. However, interestingly to note that these endangered apes usually encountered on Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda and Rwanda cannot use branches or large leaves to cover themselves unlike their counter parts orangutans and bonobos which tend to apply this tactic.

Uganda Gorilla swimming in water

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