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Last Updated: Friday November 30 2007 13:18 GMT

In pics: Bright future for rare gorillas

Four rare gorillas are on their way to a more peaceful life after a five-year battle to secure their safety.

Four rare gorillas are on their way to a more peaceful life after a five-year battle to secure their safety.

The Western Lowland gorillas - Tinu, Izan, Oyin and Abbey - were smuggled to a zoo in Malaysia using fake documents when they were babies.

The Western Lowland gorillas - Tinu, Izan, Oyin and Abbey - were smuggled to a zoo in Malaysia using fake documents when they were babies.

Malaysia sent them to South Africa - where the gorillas had stopped off on their journey. They've been living in a zoo there since 2004.

Malaysia sent them to South Africa - where the gorillas had stopped off on their journey. They've been living in a zoo there since 2004.

But now they're off to a wildlife sanctuary in another African country - Cameroon.

But now they're off to a wildlife sanctuary in another African country - Cameroon.

It's not clear what happened to the gorillas when they were young, but it's probable that their parents were killed to be eaten, with the babies then being sold on.

It's not clear what happened to the gorillas when they were young, but it's probable that their parents were killed to be eaten, with the babies then being sold on.

Lots of baby gorillas this happens to die before they can get proper help, but the future's looking brighter for these four, who are now six years old.

Lots of baby gorillas this happens to die before they can get proper help, but the future's looking brighter for these four, who are now six years old.



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