A Heartwarming Moment Between A Huge Rescued Gorilla And A Tiny Wild Bush Baby

Wildlife never ceases to amaze when it comes to unlikely friendships. And a 450-pound gorilla sharing tender moments with a 0.5-pound wild bushbaby is definitely something to see.

Over 300 rescued animals live in Ape Action Africa, Cameroon – a sanctuary dedicated to the conservation and protection of endangered primates such as gorillas, chimpanzees and monkeys.

This gorilla was the first resident of this center. She was only 2 years old, she survived the rescuers, while her mother died because she was killed by hunters.

Although he is such a fearless creature, Bobo is nothing but a gentle giant.
On a beautiful morning morning the caretakers could not believe their eyes when they saw Bobo sharing a wonderful moment with his youngest and most unusual friend – a wild bush baby.

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“Our silver gorilla Bobo made a startling new friend this week – a baby with wild bushes!” Ape Action Africa wrote in a Facebook post. “The caretakers saw them and were surprised by his good behavior with the small animal.

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Most likely the little creature had lived inside the siege of Bobo’s group. But even so, it is quite attractive to watch him interact in such a friendly way with his giant neighbors. “The baby is not afraid of Bobo,” said Elissa O’Sullivan, Ape Action Africa spokeswoman for Bored Panda. “He moved close to his body and spent time jumping in an open grassy area, before Bobo left.”

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Wild shrubs are normally nocturnal animals, so watching a baby shrub hanging with a herd of gorillas in full daylight was even more appealing to caregivers. “Bush babies are usually nocturnal, so it is very rare to see one during the day,” said one staff member. “We have never witnessed a wild primate interacting with a survivor in the Mefou Sanctuary.

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The other gorillas – three young females and three young males – soon became very interested in Bobo’s new friend. However, Bobo suddenly became overly defensive with his little friend and he kept his group away from him.

“Bobo’s group mates were very curious, especially his favorite female Avishag, but he kept them all at a distance, making sure no one bothered his new friend,” one of the employees wrote. “The little baby seemed happy to play in Bobo’s arms, jumping to explore the nearby grass, before returning to Bobo’s hand.”