A mother’s love is global and unconditional. Both humans and animals share an unbreakable attachment with their offspring, as shown in a new film captured by Michael Austin. With their 1-month-old baby Canyon, he and his wife Emmelina Austin recently visited Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo. They met a female gorilla named Kiki and her youngster a 7-month-old baby gorilla named Pablo while visiting the gorilla cage. Austin captured the magical moment when his wife and Kiki met via the glass and introduced their babies.
“My wife held up our son to show to Kiki, who was on the other side of the enclosure,” Michael reminds. “Then Kiki grabbed Pablo and put him on her leg to carry him over to us.” Despite the physical barriers between them as well as the fact that they couldn’t converse with each other in their languages the two mothers were able to bond by their love for their children. “[Kiki] was talking to us with her hands,” Michael explained “Pablo even pushed his face up to the glass at one point and they watched him, noses touching, together. My wife and I both had tears in our eyes.”
Emmelina holds Canyon’s small hand up to the glass at one point. Kiki grabbed it and attempted to lick it right away. It’s evident that Kiki recognizes the value of a human infant and she appears to be genuinely pleased about his arrival.
It’s simple to see why the family’s video has gone popular on YouTube. It’s a touching example of humans and animals showing care for one another, as well as a rare glimpse into how phenomenally nuanced and emotionally sophisticated gorillas are.
Watch as Kiki the zoo gorilla introduces her baby to a mother and her infant on the other side of the glass.