Unfortunately, it is still not uncommon for gorillas to be hunted and killed through illegal poaching. As a result, the offspring, for example, lose their caregiver.
Little Bobga also met such a fate. He arrived as a baby at a wildlife centre in the African country of Cameroon and was so orphaned and small that he needed particularly intensive care from the staff there.
In the course of this treatment, it was a man who rescued little Bobga and cared for him so much that he was showered with all the love and affection he could muster from the little gorilla.
This heartwarming picture shows Bobga and his keeper taking a nap together. You can see how close they are and how much humans mean to this sweet animal.
The Limbde Wildlife Centre (LWC) has rescued thousands of needy animals who have been victims of the illegal wildlife trade. Many of the baby gorillas were orphaned because their mothers were killed to be sold as bushmeat or even pets, under undignified conditions.
The organisation’s fundraising coordinator, Laura Craddock, captured this special moment when the baby gorilla hugged its caretaker, Alvin Muma.
“It’s important for a gorilla orphan like Bogba to feel safe with his keeper. These pictures capture the moment of peace between Bogba and his dedicated keeper Alvin,” Laura told Caters News.
At the Wildlife Centre, the gorillas will find a safe environment and plenty of stimulation to help them fully recover.
“Bogba has a big, safe room where he stays and sleeps when he’s not outside playing in the nursery,” Laura said. “Finding food, playing, learning social skills, sparking curiosity, climbing and grooming himself are crucial elements of his rehabilitation.”
Laura also shared that the LWC not only gives needy animals a second chance, but also educates the local community about conservation and provides alternatives to former hunters.
The poor animals will have been through a lot, but luckily they haven’t lost their ability to love.