Wildlife never ceases to amaze when it comes to unusual friendships. And a 450-pound gorilla having loving moments with a 0.5-pound wild bushbaby is surely something to see.
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.
Western Lowland Bobo Gorilla was one of the center’s initial inhabitants when it opened in 1996.
The colossal male arrived at the sanctuary when he was only two years old, after his mother was killed by poachers. Bobo wasn’t the strong dominant male he is now 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 gentleness recently.
The caregivers couldn’t believe their eyes when they observed Bobo sharing a lovely moment with his newest and most unusual pal – a wild bush infant – during their morning checks.
“Our silverback gorilla Bobo made a surprising new friend this week — a wild bush baby!” In a Facebook post, Ape Action Africa said.
“Caregivers discovered him cradling the tiny primate during their morning checks, and were amazed to see him handling it with the utmost care.”
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 bush baby showed no fear of Bobo,” Ape Action Africa spokesperson Elissa O’Sullivan told Bored Panda.
“He moved around his body and spend his time hopping around in an open grassy area, before choosing to return 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 usually nocturnal, so it is very rare to see one during the day,” a staff member explained.
“We have never witnessed a wild primate interacting with a rescued one at Mefou Sanctuary.”
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 desperately curious, particularly his favorite female Avishag, but he kept them all at a distance, making sure that no one disturbed his new friend,” the sanctuary reported.
“The little bush baby was happy to play in Bobo’s arms, hopping off to explore the grass nearby, before returning to Bobo’s hand.”