"Gentle Giant"
The gaze of a relaxed Gorilla is bland. It observes its surroundings with little obvious attention. The male gorilla's defense is a good offense. He beats his chest, screams and charges. It's a bluff that most often stops short within the last meter. Gorillas have been known, however, to follow and injure or kill those who run away. They say the best thing to do is hold your ground, don't look him in the eye and slowly and submissively sink to the ground. I hope I never have to find out if this is total truth. We were surprised by a male who initially gave a chest beat and took the first few steps toward us, but he backed off before we really had a chance to find out how we would really have reacted.
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