Christophe Courteau, a very courageous wildlife photographer, recently visited the Kwitonda gorilla group in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. He spotted a Silverback gorilla named Akarevuro who was apparently intoxicated from fermenting bamboo stems and became angry when he spotted the camera. The 6-foot, 6-inch beast decided to clobber the photographer, resulting in the perfectly timed photo, taken a split-second before punch, you see above. Continue reading to see more photographs from the shoot.
Corteau says: “Akarevuro just ran at me. I could not move away because I was taking photos on my knees. In less than a second he was on me. He pushed me out of the way as if I was not there. I felt all of his power and weight on my body. It was like being hit by a train…a souvenir scar on my forehead and an instant I will remember all my life.”