I am sure that whoever watched the Disney’s story of ‘The Lion King’ has wondered if friendships like that of Simba, Pumbaa and Timon are possible in real life. To be honest, it’s a bit strange to see a lion, a meerkat and a warthog hanging out together in the jungle, but it seems it’s not that unusual for different kinds of animals to make great friends. An example from the real life is that of Owen the hippopotamus and Mzee the giant tortoise.
Bobo is a gorilla that lives at Africa’s Mefou Primate Sanctuary as part of Ape Action Africa and is a dominate male of his group. This place is a home of more than 300 rescued animals who are protected from poachers and luckily won’t share Bobo’s mother’s destiny to be killed by one.
Another resident of this sanctuary is a tiny intruder who often seeks fun at the gorillas’ part of the place.
Bush babies are considered social animals that live in complex family groups in the wild, so it might be in the nature of this cutie pie to look for companion.
Bobo is one of the most compassionate animals in the sanctuary. When he stumbled upon the cute teeny tiny bush baby he instantly felt affectionate towards it and the two started hanging out together.
When the caretakers saw how the gorilla took the tiny creature in his arms and started cuddling and hugging it, they were left in awe.
“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 this amazing story of the encounter of the two unusual friends and said that the bush baby became a permanent ‘tenant’ at the gorilla’s enclosure.
“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.”
What the caretakers found even more interesting is that the rest of the gorillas showed curiosity towards Bobo’s friend, but besides letting them look at him, he never let them touch it or play with it.
“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 spent two hours interacting with each other and at the end of the playdate, Bobo safely placed his friend in the nearby trees.
If you want to see the unusual bonding between these two lovely creatures take a look at the video bellow and don’t forget to share it with your friends.