The animal world is often full of rather terrifying yet hilarious partnerships and groupings. Animals you would assume would be best mates are enemies for life, and animals that you would often think would be thick as thieves are mortal enemies. So, when we witnessed this amazing shot of a giant gorilla making good mates with a tiny bushbaby, we had to let you all know about it!
Bushbabies are among the smallest, most fragile creatures that you are ever likely to see. The gorilla, meanwhile, is known as being one of the single most powerful creatures in the world, known for their ferocity and their strength in equal measure.
Big Bobo, the gorilla, is the alpha male of his group – making it even less likely that he can extend the hand of friendship. However, he was able to show his loving and caring side when he came across his tiny bushbaby friend, cradling it in his giant hands.
As part of the Ape Action Africa’ Mefou Primate Sanctuary, Bobo spends his days usually looking over his pack. However, one of the staff found him caring for the young bushbaby in his enclosure, perhaps having been there all along.
The videos show that he is very careful when caring for the animal, giving it tiny, friendly strokes of the hand to make sure that it can feel safe. Other gorillas come along to see the little animal, but when they get too close Bobo immediately springs into protective mode, walking away from them to help protect from a more effervescent member of the group.
A truly special sight
Posting about it on their official Facebook page, Ape Action Africa said: “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.
“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 tree.”
Bushbabies hanging around during the day are quite rare to see, and to see one interact with Bobo was rarer still. Aged 24, Bobo is the leader of the group and, as such, takes control when situations like this pop up for the wider community to think about.
If you would like to see more of this, be sure to follow Ape Action Africa online: they’ve been going or over 20 years, and help to conserve and protect various gorillas, monkeys and chimpanzees across Central and Western Africa.
We want to be better…So if you found a mistake in this article, please let us know