Gorilla can’t resist showing. They love their human friend. James Gifford caught the touching moment zookeeper André. The affectionate apes cuddled Bauma.
The gregarious gorillas astounded the photographer. When one even jumped up for a piggy back ride.
James said: ‘The first time I can remember. When I’ve found myself so amazed. What I was seeing. That I found myself lowering my camera. So I could concentrate on the interaction between André and the mountain gorillas.
‘The two female gorillas were orphaned after rebel forces killed nine critically endangered mountain gorillas in 2007, and the young babies were subsequently brought up by André.
‘Laughing, he managed to persuade them to dismount and then, while walking upright, one grasped his hand and led him away.’
James added: ‘The relationship between the gorillas and Andre is truly remarkable – watching them interact, you realise immediately how much the gorillas love and respect André.
‘Not only do they have a very close bond, forged over ten years in the case of the females, but André effectively acts as the alpha male of the group, monitoring behaviour and admonishing when necessary – a role which cannot be easy given the superior strength of his charges.’
Source: By IAIN BURNS FOR MAILONLINE- Daily Mail