Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Sanctuary Staff Surprised To Find Gorilla Gently Cradling Tiny Primate.

Challenging His Authority

Challenging His Authority

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Among gorillas, it’s common for young males to try to overthrow their leaders. Just ask Bobo. “Younger males Kibu and Nkamum once challenged Bobo for his position, but were never successful and no longer attempt to take control,” the sanctuary staff explained. Obviously, Bobo’s authority is unquestionable. He might be gentle, but his power will put the fear into the heart of anyone who opposes him. But you wouldn’t think that was the case after the way he behaved one morning.

Why Was He Acting This Way?

Why Was He Acting This Way?

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The caregivers check up on the animals at the sanctuary every morning. But one day, they noticed that Bobo was acting weird when they went to see how his group was doing. He was hiding in the underbrush, and staring at something on the ground with intensity. This wasn’t typical for Bobo, so the staff decided to observe the animal. They realized that this odd change in Bobo’s behavior could have been a warning of a possible issue, and they wanted to monitor him.

He Was Holding Something

He Was Holding Something

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PTSD is common among orphaned wildlife, especially after they undergo a dramatic change in lifestyle. Although the sanctuary had been his home for 20 years, it was still possible for Bobo to experience this too. So, the caregivers watched closely to see what he was doing. But they were curious about the object in his hands. They weren’t sure what it was yet. Then they noticed it, and they were shocked.

Bobo’s Friend

Bobo’s Friend

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It turns out that the thing in Bobo’s hands was actually alive, and it was a rare find too. It was a bush baby, also referred to as a galago. Bush babies are considered the smallest primates living in the African continent. This bush baby seemed to weigh about 8 ounces. Somehow it managed to become friends with an otherwise intimidating gorilla. Meanwhile, the caregivers watched in amazement as the friendship unfolded.

A Surprise Guest

A Surprise Guest

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“The bush baby had probably been living inside the gorilla’s enclosure, which is covered in trees, or just outside the fence line, as the area surrounding it is forest,” explained Elissa O’Sullivan, a spokesperson for Ape Action Africa. But the caretakers were shocked by how delicately Bobo was looking after his new friend. And they were more surprised by how comfortable the bush baby was with him.

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