BWIRUKA - ADULT FEMALE
Meaning of name: Kwiruka in Rukiga means ‘run’. Literally translated Bwiruka means ‘knows-how-to-run’
Age: Unknown but could be a relatively young adult-female
Who’s yo daddy? Father unknown
Who’s yo mama? Mother unknown (But could be Bukozo)
‘Miss Thing’ here seems to be a favourite among the older men folk of the family. She’s one of Nshongi’s favourite girls, has been spotted in secret trysts with Bweza and is also a special comfort to Mishaya. What’s the secret of this girl’s appeal?
It seems to be her playful ways.
Because the group has recently been habituated it is hard to establish her age, but it seems quite likely that she is recently graduated into being an adult female. This is not so much because she has no baby currently nursing, but more so due to her light-hearted ways. Most adult females are not given to friskiness, but Bwiruka is very playful. Not just with the gorillas, but even with the habituating trackers. As the group became more accustomed to the company of the trackers, Bwiruka would be known to playfully harass the men.
It was not past her to set up an ambush and ‘attack’ the trackers, leaving them bewildered, unharmed and laughing at the fact that she had pulled a fast one on them. This behaviour is very different from her ways during habituation, where on sighting the trackers she would show a clean set to gorilla heels, hence the moniker – ‘knows-how-to-run’.
Of her admirers, it has been noted that Bwiruka favours Mishaya and tends to hang out with him more than the other silverbacks.
It is worth noting that she resembles Bukozo and it is likely that Bwiruka could be Bukozo’s daughter.