From a equine and a canine to a feline and a rhinoceros, we have come across numerous heartwarming accounts of inter-species friendships that never fail to astound us. This enormous gorilla and its diminutive companion featured here are certainly no exception. While the fact that they hail from distinct species is already remarkable, it is their stark difference in size that truly sets their bond apart.
Bobo, the Western Lowland Gorilla aged 24, was saved by Ape Action Africa as a mere infant, and now he holds the dominant position within his troop. Bobo presently leads a group consisting of three females and two additional males, making it evident that he is by no means easygoing. Nevertheless, beneath his tough exterior, the primate harbors a tender side that he does not readily reveal to others.
This small bush baby was among a fortunate few creatures who had the opportunity to witness the tender side of Bobo. One morning at the sanctuary, they encountered the affectionate giant, and it was evident that the two shared a deep fondness for each other. Elissa O’Sullivan, the spokesperson for Ape Action Africa, stated that their primary caretaker was genuinely amazed by the heartwarming interaction.
“During the routine morning checks, our gorilla caretaker stumbled upon Bobo gently cradling a young, untamed bush baby,” O’Sullivan recounted. “Remarkably, the bush baby displayed no sign of fear towards Bobo, freely exploring his surroundings, hopping around in an open grassy space, and eventually opting to return to the comforting presence of Bobo.”
O’Sullivan also asserted that encountering a bush baby (also referred to as a galago) during daylight hours is certainly no simple task, given that these small creatures are primarily active at night. In essence, their encounter was truly extraordinary. “Bush babies are typically nocturnal, so it is highly uncommon to spot one during the day. At Mefou Sanctuary, we have never observed a wild primate interacting with a rescued bush baby,” she stated.
In fact, Bobo wasn’t the sole individual delighted by the arrival of his tiny companion. The other members of his ape group also expressed a desire to befriend the bush baby, but Bobo consistently turned down their advances. “Bobo’s fellow group members were intrigued by the presence of the bush baby and anticipated a potential sharing of companionship, yet Bobo exclusively kept the bush baby to himself,” O’Sullivan elaborated.
The duo spent an uninterrupted two hours in each other’s company before Bobo eventually released his companion. Perhaps they would have the opportunity to reunite once more in the near future!
You can watch them in the short clip right here:
Aren’t they absolutely charming? Spread the warmth of their touching story with your dear ones!