Incredible Moment 25 Stone Gorilla Befriends Bush Baby The Size Of Its Finger

A massive silver-back gorilla was spotted making friends with a teeny bush baby and it's honestly the most adorable thing you'll see this week, which is no mean feat for a week that's had several adorable animal friendships.

Bobo, who weighs a whopping 25-stone, and his new pal, who weighs about 20g, were photographed by Alex Benitez, site coordinator at the Mefou Primate Sanctuary in Cameroon who shared the snaps online.

In heart-warming footage, the bush baby, which is barely the size of one of Bobo's fingers, could be seen crawling around on the 24-year-old gorilla

Animal conservation charity Ape Action Africa posted a video of the unlikely friendship with the caption: "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 - 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. 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. When the game was over, Bobo walked purposefully off on two legs to deliver his friend safely back into the trees."

Credit: Ape Action Africa/Alex Benitez
Credit: Ape Action Africa/Alex Benitez

How lovely is that?

A spokesperson from the charity added: "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.

"Bobo's group-mates were curious about the bush baby and hoped that he might share it with them, but Bobo kept the bush baby to himself.

How cute is this little guy? Credit: Ape Action Africa/Alex Benitez
How cute is this little guy? Credit: Ape Action Africa/Alex Benitez

"We have never witnessed a wild primate interacting with a rescued one at Mefou Sanctuary."

Bobo is one of 300 animals rescued by Ape Action Africa, including chimpanzees, monkeys and gorillas in the area.

Featured Image Credit: Ape Action Africa/Alex Benitez

Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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