A video posted on YouTube shows a mother and gorilla bonding over their babies.
Watch as Gorilla mother and new mother bond at Boston Zoo. The footage has gone viral and been viewed thousands of times. It shows the two mums, one human and one gorilla, sharing a bonding experience at the zoo on 9th May.
Emily Austin and husband Michael were visiting the Franklin Park zoo with their 5-month-old baby, Canyon, when they were spotted by a female gorilla.
Ms Austin said the female ape, named Kiki, was lovingly staring at Canyon for several minutes.
She said “She kept looking around the corner of the cave, and I was like, ‘She’s looking at Canyon.” To Ms Austin’s amazement Kiki then picked up her own baby, 7-month-old Pablo, and held him up for her to see.
The pair acted like any two mothers with babies meeting in a social setting, with Kiki even trying to touch Canyon, although the glass partition made this impossible.
Ms Austin said “Her face was just so in love. She was showing her baby, my baby.”
She finished off by saying “When I walked into the zoo that day, I never could’ve imagined that we’d have this experience.”
Humans and gorillas are thought to have a maternal connection and DNA proves they are closely linked. In 1996 a gorilla rescued a toddler at Brookfield Zoo in Chicago.