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.