These unique animal friendships indicate that best buddies don’t have to look alike to make a great team.
This is the astonishing moment when a 25-pound gorilla cradled a wild bush infant the size of a finger in its massive palms. This is an amazing sight to behold.
At Ape Action Africa in Cameroon, over 300 rescued animals live in a sanctuary dedicated to the conservation and protection of endangered primates such as gorillas, chimps, and monkeys.
After his mother was slain by poachers, Bobo, a western lowland gorilla, came at the refuge as a young and vulnerable 2-year-old toddler in 1994. He’s a robust, massive silverback gorilla who leads his group at the Cameroon sanctuary more than two decades later.
Despite being the dominant male in his group, Bobo is reputed to be a kind giant. When the carer noticed Bobo cradling a tiny wild bush baby he’d discovered in the jungle, Bobo’s kindness was never more apparent.
Bobo’s group enclosure was most likely home to the little creature. Even still, it’s fascinating to watch it interact with its massive neighbors in such a pleasant manner. “The wild infant showed no fear of Bobo,” Ape Action Africa spokesperson 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.”
“Bobo’s group-mates were incredibly 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.” “Bush infants are normally nocturnal, so seeing one, let alone witnessing this kind of contact, is extremely rare.” The small bush baby was content to play in Bobo’s arms, occasionally jumping off to investigate the grass nearby before returning to Bobo’s grasp.”
Bobo’s new acquaintance piqued the interest of the other gorillas, who included three females and three young males. Bobo, on the other hand, became overprotective of his small companion and kept his group away from it. “Bobo’s group-mates were incredibly 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.”