Wildlife never ceases to surprise when it comes to unusual friendships. In fact, a 450-pound gorilla spending intimate moments with a 0.5-pound wild bushbaby is quite the sight to witness.
At Ape Action Africa in Cameroon, over 300 rescued animals reside in a sanctuary dedicated to the conservation and preservation of endangered primates such as gorillas, chimps, and monkeys. Western Lowland Bobo Gorilla was one among the center’s initial inhabitants when it opened in 1996. The colossal male came to the refuge when he was just two years old, after his mother was killed by poachers. Bobo wasn’t the powerful dominant man he is today back then.
Even though he appears to be a brave monster, Bobo is actually a kind giant. Even the sanctuary’s keepers were taken aback by his tenderness recently. The caregivers couldn’t believe their eyes when they observed Bobo having a lovely moment with his newest and most unusual pal – a wild bush infant – during their morning inspections.
“This week, our silverback gorilla Bobo met an unexpected new playmate – a wild bush infant!” In a Facebook post, Ape Action Africa said. “During their morning inspections, caregivers noticed him cradling the baby monkey and were astounded to see him handling it with such care.”
Bobo’s group enclosure was most likely home to the little creature. Even still, it’s interesting to see it interact with its massive neighbors in such a pleasant manner. “The wild infant exhibited no fear of Bobo,” Ape Action Africa spokesman Elissa O’Sullivan told Bored Panda. “He moved his body about and spent time hopping around in an open grassy area before returning to Bobo.”
Because wild bushes are generally nocturnal, the sight of a bush kid hanging out with a group of gorillas in broad daylight piqued the caretakers’ interest even more. “Bush babies are generally nocturnal, so seeing one during the day is really uncommon,” a staff member explained. “At Mefou Sanctuary, we’ve never seen a wild monkey interact with a rescued one.”
Bobo’s new acquaintance piqued the curiosity of the other gorillas, who included three females and three young males. Bobo, on the other hand, became overprotective of his small friend and kept his group away from it. “Bobo’s group-mates were really intrigued, especially his favorite female Avishag,” the sanctuary reported, “but he kept them all at a safe distance, making sure that no one upset his new acquaintance.” “The small bush baby was content to play in Bobo’s arms, occasionally darting off to investigate the neighboring grass before returning to Bobo’s hand.”
h/t: thedodo | boredpanda