I trekked through the rainforest to visit the Kuryama group, a mountain gorilla tribe consisting of 14 gorillas, including 2 silverback males, 5 females, 1 black back, and 6 young ones - the youngest at 6 months. Kirahuri, the dominant silverback male, made his brawn very clear without many words - without any words for that matter - not only to the rest of the gorillas, including the other silverback with a sort of inferiority complex, but to the eight of us human visitors. I was quickly humbled by his presence when he unexpectedly got up and approached me.
There are certain rules you are told when going gorilla trekking, the most important being: If you are approached by a gorilla, don't run; it can potentially see your weakness and really hurt you. Of course, when you're put in the actual situation, you never think of what you've learned because human instinct immediately tells you to retreat. Thankfully my guide Oliver grabbed my jacket by the back and held me in place to simply take a step back and let the 300+ lb. gorilla pass - two feet in front of me.
The experience was a pretty tense moment, not only for me but for my fellow gorilla trekkers - although the tension was not really portrayed on video, unless you put it in slow motion: