You’d never think that a 400-pound gorilla could become best friends with a tiny creature that weighed less than one pound, but it has just happened. Bobo, the gorilla, lives at Ape Action Africa’s Mefou Primate Sanctuary in Cameroon. Bobo is one of many gorillas rescued from the deadly sights of the infestation of poachers looking to shoot them dead as well as the deforestation that is destroying the gorilla habitat.
Ape Action Africa wants Bobo and other primates to be safe. That’s why there are more than 300 primates currently living at the sanctuary and enjoying lives much more satisfying than they would otherwise.
Although Bobo is a massive ape and a very intimidating one, he is not always as aggressive as he might appear. In 1994, he first arrived at the sanctuary when he was only two-years-old. His mother had been killed, and he had nowhere else to live. It was devastating for the young male gorilla who needed his mother as a role model. Thankfully, he bonded with the other rescue gorillas and soon established a new home. He developed a loving relationship with his favorite female Avishag and together they had a son, Eto’o.
Although Bobo is massive, the caretakers at the sanctuary know him to be a gentle giant. Nevertheless, he is the undisputed leader of the silverback gorillas there. Because of his good nature, Bobo befriended the unlikeliest thing in the entire sanctuary. His new best friend was discovered to be the tiniest bush baby you ever did see. Known as Cameroon’s tiniest primate, the bush baby loves to climb trees.
The sanctuary wrote on Facebook: “Our silverback gorilla Bobo made a surprising new friend this week – a wild bush baby! Caregivers discovered him cradling the tiny primate during their morning checks, and were amazed to see him handling it with the utmost care.”
Thankfully, a photograph of Bobo and his new buddy was taken. You can see the four-hundred-pound gorilla gently holding the light-brown bush baby. The small creature is about the size of Bobo’s finger.
For about two hours, Bobo and the bush baby entertained each other. They had so much fun running around, the bush baby might even have thought that Bobo was a new, moving tree to climb. Bobo remained very gentle as he played with his tiny new friend.
As you can imagine, Bobo attracted a lot of attention with his new friendship. The other gorillas wanted to know what was going on. But Bobo couldn’t trust them around his tiny friend, so he fended them off and kept the bush baby to himself.
“bush babies are usually nocturnal, so it is very rare to see one, and even rarer to witness this kind of interaction,” Ape Action Africa wrote on Facebook. “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.”
Watch the video below to see more of Bobo’s friendship with the tiny bush baby. Isn’t their unlikely friendship absolutely adorable?
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