Incredible Bond: Amazing Similarities Between Gorillas And Humans
Of all the great apes in the world, gorillas are the largest. They are huge animals with human-like hands, broad chests, and shoulders. The animals display many behaviors and emotions that are similar to humans. They come up with their own improvisation to help them survive in the wild.
Just like human beings, they have a sense of smell, taste, touch, and sight. In fact, gorillas share 98.3% of their genetic code with humans, making them the closest cousins to humans after chimpanzees and baboons.
Gorillas are emotional beings
Gorillas can communicate and express emotions just like people. They can laugh, cry, scream, and chuckle. So, it is no surprise when they react to situations just like humans would do.
For instance, when a wildlife conservationist Damian Aspinall took his wife Victoria to the jungles of Gabon to meet a couple of gorillas he had bred, she won their hearts!
The two gorillas named Djalta and Ima had been raised by Damian since they were babies. They gave Victoria lots of attention and hugs, and animals even nuzzled her neck. In a rare show of trust, Victoria can be seen laying down as one of the gorillas tries to play with her baseball cap.
In another heartwarming video, Damian shows how his daughter plays with a gorilla.
Gorillas are family-oriented animals
Besides the strikingly similar genetic code that humans and gorillas share, they have other common features. Like humans, an average gorilla family consists of ten members of usually one or two large, silver-back males, some females, and children that are breast-fed for two years.
Their families stay bound for life by spending most of their time together eating, sleeping, playing, and resting.
In this video below, an orangutan (which is similar to gorillas) gave this little 5-week-old baby the cutest smile ever!
Some humans hunted and killed gorillas for years. However, maybe, it is high time to stop doing that, especially now, when there are reports of about only 720 mountain gorillas left in the wild. Let's save our friends and respect their rights to live.
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