Giant Gorilla Discovers Tiny Critter, Cradles Him and Becomes Friends

The Internet has gone bananas over a very special friendship between Bobo the gorilla and his 200-gram friend, a bush baby. Not only is social media exploding with cuteness overload, but the workers from Ape Action Africa say they are surprised at the friendship.

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Bobo has been under the care of the non-profit organization since 1996. He is a Western Lowland Gorilla that is considered the dominant male in his group of three females and three other males. When two younger males tried to take over as dominant male of the group, Bobo stepped up and they failed. You can imagine how amazing it is, then, to see this 400-pound Gorilla hanging out with the tiny creature.

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As workers made their rounds for morning checks, they saw Bobo with this adorable wild bush baby. He was so docile, cradling the little one in his huge hand. “Bush babies are usually nocturnal, so it is very rare to see one during the day,” said Ape Action Africa spokeswoman Elissa O’Sullivan to Bored Panda. “We have never witnessed a wild primate interacting with a rescued one at Mefou Sanctuary.”

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The gentle giant spent two hours with his tiny friend before releasing him back to the trees.

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Witness this jungle magic for yourself in the touching video below.

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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

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