Gorilla Rewards Her Guardian With Hugs

Date June 22, 2018 14:49

Adorable photos show a gorilla hugging a ranger employed to protect her.

André is employed as one of the guardians in the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he takes care of animals at risk of losing their habitat.

Allegedly, this gorilla was orphaned by rebel forces in 2007, and since then she was raised by André. That would explain an incredible bond between them.

Mountain gorillas are a critically endangered species with an estimated population of at least 880. Nearly half of the entire population of mountain gorillas lives in the Virunga Mountains, a series of extinct volcanoes that border the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda.

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The tender scene between the gorilla and the man demonstrates the nobility of the animal, considering that its whole species is now threatened with extinction and its parents were brutally killed in front of her by humans.

Fortunately, there are people who care about animals and struggle to prevent their extinction.

Just last month, it was revealed that the government wants to redraw the boundaries of the Virunga National Park that has UNESCO World Heritage status. But oil exploiters want to explore parts of the area that have witnessed civil conflicts and poaching over the years.

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