100 word challenge – 26th January

  • 26th Jan, 2015 at 7:58am

This is a picture of a Highland Silverback Gorilla – one of the last remaining ones left in the wild. My cousin took it yesterday in the rainforest of Uganda. What does it make you feel? What do its eyes tell you? You could write a description, a factual paragraph or tell its story ……


  • DeeDee
    1st Feb, 2015 at 7:25pmm

    Her bright eyes gleamed in the sunlight, while she dripped with sweat. Her arms felt empty without her babies. She was in the jungle – and so were the hunters.

    Her babies had scampered off at the first shot. If she had kept an eye on them, if she had trusted her instincts, if she had called her mate, then their bodies would be against her chest.

    Some trees were flourishing; others were bare after fires. She swung from each tree, looking back for the hunters. Eventually, she climbed to the highest branch of a tree, and rested. Was she safe?

    • Mrs Tauiliili
      1st Feb, 2015 at 7:39pmm

      Great Dee Dee!

  • Emily
    31st Jan, 2015 at 11:24amm

    I looked at him. His eyes were filled with fullfillness, yet he seemed scared. Slowly, he reached for something I’d never seen before. It created a bright flash and it caused my head to spin. When I looked back, he had a different look on his face. He looked down at the bright, flashy thing and smiled contentedly. Some of my ancestors would run; others, like me, would stay and enjoy seeing the happiness on people’s faces. Hunters will kill, but you still get people who come and just enjoy viewing us. He was one of them, I could tell…

    • Mrs Tauiliili
      1st Feb, 2015 at 5:31pmm

      Well done Emily, can you think of a better word than ‘fulfillness’?

  • Evan
    30th Jan, 2015 at 7:35pmm

    I am a Highland Silverback Gorilla and I come from Africa. I am one of the most endangered creatures on the planet and here is my life story…

    Dear Diary,
    I had just woken up and had my breakfast when I heard banging. I knew what it was, it was poachers trying to kill my friends. I could see them shooting at them, but my friends got away. Then I saw a man with a camera taking a photo of me, so I stared right into the camera. When he had finished he smiled and walked away, I was happy.

  • izzy
    29th Jan, 2015 at 5:36pmm

    I never wanted to look away. His eyes filled me with warmth and no fear was inside of me. If I hadn’t have gone, if I had stayed at home, if my mum hadn’t told me to go then I wouldn’t of been in this fabulous moment. I slowly moved closer but I saw that the silverback gorilla was scared so I froze. Usually, I would have ran away but there was something inside of me that said stay.The Silverback gorilla reached out his hand and touched my face and my heart missed a beat as he turned and left.

  • Dennis
    29th Jan, 2015 at 5:18pmm

    I see the great Highland silverback gorilla right before me. Its eyes look like a star in the sky. It moves gracefully from tree to tree. It stares straight at me and then carries on. It moves as fast as a bullet. It shoots off into the cover of trees. I walk on. Then I see it. This time it is quite slow. It comes towards me. I’m petrified…

  • Molly
    27th Jan, 2015 at 6:45pmm

    I froze. I stared, mesmerised, as he stared back at me. The beautiful amber eyes of the gorilla seemed to hold me: look straight into my soul. His silver back seemed to glisten in the sunlight, and all the other sounds around me were blocked out. It was me and him. Cautiously, he scooted closer, his fascination obvious. He was magnificent, magnificent in a way that made me tremble in awe in the presence of such a creature. And that day, I decided I would do everything I could to help save this stunning animal and its home.

  • Joshua
    26th Jan, 2015 at 7:03pmm

    I looked into the Silverback’s eyes. They showed a message, not of hatred or death, but of help………help me. The connection was electric. He could rip me apart but somehow knew that later I would be an important ally. Then it’s huge body turned, thundering away through the lush, green jungle. I followed; not caring about the deafening roars of the tigers who roamed free. Suddenly I found the gorilla; he had stopped in a clearing surrounded by hunters. Anger rose up inside me as the hunters took aim. I launched my body between them and the animal.

    • Mrs Tauiliili
      27th Jan, 2015 at 7:55amm

      Wonderful Josh! Great use of suspense. You really made me want to read more.

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