Ape Action Africa is a non-profit organization dedicating to the conservation of endangered monkeys, chimpanzees and gorillas. This is one of the biggest primate conservation projects in Africa.
Most of the animals there are orphans raised as a result of the illegal pet and bushmeat trades. Caregivers there conduct routine checkups on 300 residents, and these checkups often give them periodic results.
But once in a while, these animals also don’t forget to surprise the caregiving professors. One fine day, a caretaker observed a Western Lowland gorilla named Bobo in the presence of a new friend. The gorilla was nursing a wild and young bush baby. The bushbaby showed no fear of the gorilla and moved around his body.
The young animal even spent some time hopping in the open before it decided to go back to the gorillas. This incident didn’t come as a surprise to the caregiver as Bobo was known being gentle, even though he is the dominant male in his group. He was a gorilla who fought against others for his place. But as it was observed, he also has a tender side attached to him.
It is rare to see bush infants during the day because they are nocturnal creatures. In addition, no one at Mefou Sanctuary had ever observed a wild primate interacting with a previously rescued one. Although the gorilla’s fellow was curious about his new friend, Bobo didn’t want to share. He wanted the baby all for himself.
After two hours together, the gorilla took his new friend back to some trees. The baby then disappears into the wild. Isn’t it amazing to witness how loved and caring gorillas are? Although some of us may fear them and believe them to be scary, these animals also have a gentle side inside of them.