Drunk gorilla punches photographer

Photographer Christophe Courteau was up in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park forest, snapping photos of a family of gorillas. That’s when the ~550 lb alpha male, drunk on bamboo stems that fermented in his stomach, rushed him and punched him in the face.

“In less than a second, he was on me, and strongly hit me like a rugby player,” explained Courteau to Caters News Agency. “With the shock, I felt all his power and weight on my body.”


The gorilla then rushed off, to chase another male gorilla away from one of his females. Amazingly, Courteau managed to get a shot of the gorilla winding up to hit him.

Also amazingly, the punch didn’t knock his head off.

[Caters News Agency]