White apes are a rare breed of gorilla native to the mountains of northern Wakanda. They were mutated like the other Flora and Fauna by the Great Vibranium Mound. A legendary creature, the white ape exists as the perpetual adversary of the Black Panther and its avatar, the Great Panther Spirit. Every day a white ape kills a panther, only to have him reborn again at dawn on the following day.[citation needed]

Several years ago, the Black Panther endured an episode where the strength of the Panther Spirit wavered inside of him. To show his people that he was still worthy to lead the nation of Wakanda, the Black Panther agreed to endure the Ordeal of the White Ape. Despite an injured arm, the Black Panther scaled the Sacred Mountains and presented himself before the white apes. He picked a leaf from a tree at the top of the mountain as proof of his task. He wrestled with one of the apes, then chose a speedy descent down the mountain.[citation needed]

When he returned to central Wakanda, several of the white apes followed suit, but knew better than to enter onto sacred ground. After presenting the leaf to the kingdom officials, it was discovered that the Panther's close friend, Moise Bomvana, used a hi-tech device to weaken the white apes. Bomvana admitted that he did this without the Black Panther's knowledge, but the resulting scandal temporarily robbed the Black Panther of his right to wear the cape of leadership.[citation needed]


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