We Love Animals
Animals

Affectionate Gorilla Couldn’t Stop Hugging Man Who Saved Her From Hunters

Many people think that animals are just dumb beasts, but in fact, they are smart creatures who have feelings and emotions. Just like us, they can understand and realize they are being helped. And of course, they know how to show their gratefulness to people who help or rescue them. And the gorilla in this post is a great example that will show you how affectionate and smart animals are.

Meet Pikin, a poor gorilla who was rescued by the group Ape Action Africa from being captured by hunters. She was so frightened that the rescuers had to give her sedatives to move her from one enclosure to another. When the sedatives wore off, Pikin awoke in the car. But amazingly, instead of being angry and scared, she was affectionate and calm in the arms of Appolinaire Ndohoudou, a man who joined in the rescue. He has dedicated his whole life to helping and protecting wild animals, especially gorillas in Cameroon.

Source: Jo-Anne McArthur

The tender moment between Appolinaire and the gorilla was captured by the talented photographer Jo-Anne McArthur. The captivating photo shows Pikin embracing the man after realizing that she was rescued and safe. Needless to say, the photo melted everyone’s heart, and was chosen as the People’s Choice Awards winner for Wildlife Photograph of the Year.

“I’m so thankful that this image resonated with people, and I hope it might inspire us all to care a little bit more about animals. No act of compassion towards them is ever too small,” McArthur said. “I regularly document the cruelties animals endure at our hands, but sometimes I bear witness to stories of rescue, hope and redemption. Such is the case with the story of Pikin and Appolinaire, a beautiful moment between friends.”

Source: Unknown

The Natural History Museum in London hosts this photography competition every year, and officials there were also impressed by the image.

“Jo-Anne’s inspirational image is a symbol of humanity’s power to protect the world’s most vulnerable species and shape a more sustainable future for life on our planet,” said Director Sir Michael Dixon. “Photographs like Jo-Anne’s are a reminder that we can make a difference, and we all have a part to play in addressing our impact on the natural world.”

Do animals have enough self awareness to understand they are being helped? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

h/t: treehugger

Related posts

Dog Abandoned At Train Station Tied To Suitcase With All Of His Favorite Belongings

Carolyn Mullet

Cat Admires Himself In The Mirror And It’s Hilarious

Carolyn Mullet

If Cats Ruled The World

Carolyn Mullet

Meet Overweight Golden Retriever Kai Who Makes An Impressive Transformation After Losing Over 100 lbs

Carolyn Mullet

Meet Yellow-faced Myna, An Unmistakable Bird With Black Plumage And Yellowish-orange Mask

Olivia

10+ Hilarious Photos Of Cats Before And After A Bath

Carolyn Mullet

150-Pound Great Dane Is Obsessed With Tiny Kitten

Carolyn Mullet

Guy Turns His Cat Into A Warrior Badass With This 3D Printed Armor

Carolyn Mullet

10+ Moments Of Cats Having Catnip And Cat.exe Crashing Right Afterwards

Carolyn Mullet

His Friend Cat Is About To Fight, But This Dog Stops Her In Funny Way

Susanna

Man With PPD Asks If He’s Wrong To Threaten Harassing Neighbor With His Dog, And Reddit Says “NO”

Susanna

Adorable Moments Of Baby Monkey Cuddling A Flock Of Ducklings

Margot Nolan

23 So-Cute Animal Friends Who Make Us Want To Hug Them Immediately!

Susanna

10+ Purrfect Gifts For People Who Have A Thing For Cats

Carolyn Mullet

Baby Goat Tries To Headbutt Cat And Cat’s Reaction Is So Hilarious

Carolyn Mullet

Sweet Cat Finds Lost Kitten And Welcomes Her Into His Loving Home

Carolyn Mullet

Couple’s Weekend Plans Are Interrupted By Girlfriend’s Absurd Llama Drama

Carolyn Mullet

Homeless Dog Carries Bowl Around, Just Wants Someone To Feed Him

Carolyn Mullet

20 Hilarious Pets Who Could Chill In Weird Places You Can’t Think Of

Olivia

“Who Could Say No To Her Face?”, Woman Texted Husband, Then He Rescued Lonely Kitten From The Truck

Susanna

Dog Can’t Believe That He Finally Found A Home After 2,381 Days In The Shelter

Carolyn Mullet

Magical Moments When Disney Characters Are Brought To Real Life That Will Definitely Blow Your Mind

Olivia

Friendly Beluga Whale Returns Phone Woman Accidentally Dropped Into The Sea

Carolyn Mullet

Internet Twists and Turns On Woman’s Cat Suddenly Hates Her Boyfriend

Carolyn Mullet

Meet Three Best Friends – Two Dogs And A Cat Who Love Doing Everything Together

Carolyn Mullet

Sick Street Cats Keep Coming Back To Visit The Man Who Helped Heal Them

Olivia

21 Photos That Show We Are Understanding Nothing About Pets!

Susanna

15+ Surprising Moments That’ll Make You Wonder “Who Is Real Gemini?”

Margot Nolan

Cat Knows Exactly What To Do When He Sees Little Boy Having A Meltdown

Carolyn Mullet

Dog Protests Against Annoying Everyday Things With Hilarious Signs

Carolyn Mullet

10 Creepy Deaths Caused By Birds That Make You Think Again About Our “Feathered Friends”

Sunny

Stray Abandoned Kittens Forced To Huddle Together To Keep Warm, Because That’s All They Have

Carolyn Mullet

10 Real-life Disney Moments That You Can’t Stop Saying “Wow”

Margot Nolan

Pregnant Cat And Two Kittens Found Abandoned In A Cardboard Box In Woodlands

Carolyn Mullet

10+ Animals Who Can Put Their New Owners On Cloud Nine

Carolyn Mullet

Pit Bull Can’t Hide His Happiness When Reuniting With His Dad After 6 Months Apart

Carolyn Mullet

18 Emotional Pets Who Deserve The ‘Best Actor’ Award, Meet Them Now!

Susanna

Kind Security Guard Goes Viral For Using Umbrella To Shield A Dog From Rain

Carolyn Mullet

40 Weird Animals That You Might Have Never Heard Or Seen Before, Shared By This Twitter Page

Susanna

Yodeling Cat Yells In Front Of The Door To Beg To Be Let Inside

Carolyn Mullet

Arguing With Fiancé About Daughter’s Dog Picture, Reddit Advises Woman To Break Up

Carolyn Mullet

15+ Animals Who Tried Their Best To Camouflage But Failed

Carolyn Mullet