Gorillas In The Crossfire At Africa’s Oldest National Park

For more on the battle for Virunga National Park, visit National Geographic.

Virguna National Park Gorillas

Photograph by Brent Stirton, © Brent Stirton / National GeographicA silverback from the 22-member Mapuwa family emerges from the jungle to keep an eye on a ranger patrol. Virunga National Park has largely succeeded in protecting mountain gorillas, its top tourist draw, from violence. Their population is now growing.

TWO GROUPS OF MOUNTAIN GORILLAS WERE SLAUGHTERED in the summer of 2007, one after the other.

First, two females were shot, with one’s infant left alive and later found still clinging to its dead mother’s breast. Then came the killing of three females and a silverback, shot, burned, and, in a strange move for poachers, left otherwise intact, no trophies or meat taken for sale on the black market.

Then again, these men almost certainly weren’t poachers.

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What We Loved This Week, Jun. 19 – 25

Creepy vintage medical photos, Germany’s real-life fairy tale castles, famous monuments when they were under construction, iconic newspaper front pages, World War II’s most bad-ass women.

Babies Glasses

Vintage EverydayTanning babies at the Chicago Orphan Asylum to offset winter rickets in 1925.

Disturbing Medical Treatments And Gear Of Yesteryear

Girl Contraption

Vintage EverydayDr. Clark’s Spinal Apparatus, circa 1878, one of the more bizarre and least practical treatments for scoliosis.

Whether the outrageous historical medical treatments of decades and centuries past or the most bizarre practices of modern medicine, doctors have always been rather scary.

Even setting aside, say, the Nazis’ medical research or the evil science experiments of other corrupt regimes, sometimes doctors are terrifying without even trying.

But, thankfully, as these vintage photos show, doctors seemed to be most terrifying long ago.

See more at Vintage Everyday.

Radiation Suit

Vintage EverydayProtective gear for a radiology nurse, circa 1918.

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