200-Kg Gorilla Befriends a Tiny Creature in the Forest

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Bobo is a 200-kg silverback Gorilla rescued by Ape Action Africa, a non-profit dedicated to the conservation of endangered gorillas, monkeys, and chimpanzees since 1996.

Recently, Bobo made a new friend in the forest, a 200-gram bushbaby. It’s unusual to see the largest and smallest primate together, becoming like best of friends.

“On his morning checks, our gorilla caregiver discovered Bobo cradling a young, wild bush baby,” Ape Action Africa spokeswoman Elissa O’Sullivan told Bored Panda. “The bush baby showed no fear of Bobo, moving around his body and spending time hopping around in an open grassy area, before choosing to return to Bobo.”

It just proved that gorillas are the gentle giants of the forest.

“Bush babies are usually nocturnal, so it is very rare to see one during the day. We have never witnessed a wild primate interacting with a rescued one at Mefou Sanctuary.”

Bobo’s group-mates were curious to see his new friend but he kept them at a distance, making sure no one will disturbed the tiny creature . “Bobo’s group-mates were curious about the bush baby and hoped that he might share it with them, but Bobo kept the bush baby to himself.”

The two odd friends spent at least two hours playing together before Bobo returned the bushbaby safely back into the trees.

Ape Action Africa has more than 300 primates in its care, and the organization is one of the largest conservation projects in Africa. Many of the animals are rescued or orphans mainly because of the illegal bushmeat and pet trades. You can visit their website to learn more and support their cause here.

Bobo & the bushbaby

Gentle giant!Our silverback gorilla Bobo made a surprising new friend this week – a wild bushbaby! Caregivers discovered him cradling the tiny primate during their morning checks, and were amazed to see him handling it with the utmost care – proving that gorillas really are the gentle giants of the forest. Bobo’s group-mates were desperately curious, particularly his favourite female Avishag, but he kept them all at a distance, making sure that no one disturbed his new friend. Bushbabies are usually nocturnal so it is very rare to see one, and even rarer to witness this kind of interaction. The little bushbaby was happy to play in Bobo's arms, hopping off to explore the grass nearby, before returning to Bobo’s hand. When the game was over, Bobo walked purposefully off on two legs to deliver his friend safely back into the trees ☮️💗

Posted by Ape Action Africa on Tuesday, August 21, 2018