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Gorilla Gets His Hands On Tiny Intruder Soon Becoming Unthinkable Sight Caretakers Won’t Forget

Friendship comes in all shapes and sizes. One of the longest running and oddest matched friendships that has warmed hearts across the country is the one between Owen and Mzee, a hippopotamus and an Aldabra giant tortoise.

Remember Simba, Disney’s lion being adopted by Timon and Pumbaa, a meerkat and a warthog? It turns out Bobo the gentle giant of a gorilla has taken a new friend under his wing, too.

Bobo lives at Africa’s Mefou Primate Sanctuary as part of Ape Action Africa where he’s protected from hunters and poachers.

There are more than 300 rescued animals residing there, including an adorable intruder who caused quite the ruckus in the gorilla sanctuary.

A western lowland gorilla, Bobo is the dominate male in his group.

He arrived at the sanctuary in 1994 as a two-year-old after his mom was killed by poachers.

Despite growing up without his mom, he’s a compassionate gorilla. Bobo happened to be roaming the forest in the sanctuary and stumbled across the cutest little teeny tiny wild bush baby.

The giant gorilla instantly felt drawn to the miniscule creature and did something that surprised all of the caretakers. He scooped it up in his giant arms and cuddled it!

“Caregivers discovered him cradling the tiny primate during their morning checks, and were amazed to see him handling it with the utmost care.”

Ape Action Africa shared on Facebook that the bush baby likely had been living inside the gorilla’s enclosure this whole time. It apparently had grown accustomed to the big furry creatures lumbering all around it.

“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.”

When the other gorillas spied Bobo interacting with the baby, they grew curious. He allowed them to get close enough to take a quick peek at his new friend, but wouldn’t let them hold the wild bush baby.

“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. Bush babies are usually nocturnal so it is very rare to see one, and even rarer to witness this kind of interaction. 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.”

Shockingly, the bush baby and Bobo played together for almost two hours. As soon as they were done hanging out, Bobo carried it to the nearby trees and delivered it there safely.

Watch these two completely different creatures become fast friends in the meaningful video below.

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  1. Helen

    September 21, 2018 at 6:58 am

    So gentle

  2. Rona Seabrook

    September 23, 2018 at 2:25 am

    Why can people not be the same and they say humans are the brainer species I sometimes wonder

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