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Gorilla Shares Adorable Moment With Mother Carrying Her Baby At Zoo

by : Niamh Shackleton on : 11 May 2021 15:50
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A gorilla at a zoo shared a touching moment with a mother and her baby, and it’s enough to melt even the coldest of hearts.

Emmelina Austin and her five-month-old son, Canyon, visited Franklin Park Zoo, Massachusetts, when they went to pay a visit to the gorilla enclosure.

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Upon their arrival, Kiki the gorilla, also a mother, appeared to form an incredibly special bond with baby Canyon.

Recalling the moment Kiki spotted the mother and son through the glass, Emmelina said, ‘She kept looking around the corner of the cave. I was like, “She’s looking at Canyon.”‘

Gorilla Shares Adorable Moment With Mother Carrying Her Baby At ZooMichael Austin/YouTube

Emmelina then continued holding up Canyon to the glass for Kiki to see from afar and expressed how cool it would have been if Kiki came over to look at her son closer.

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Much to Emmelina’s surprise, Kiki did just that and made her way over to the glass to sit right in front of Emmelina and Canyon.

Emmelina told News Centre Maine:

Her face was just so in love. She was showing her baby my baby.

I was just in awe. Trying to pet his face through the glass, and trying to hold his hand … just the most beautiful thing. You could see the emotion in her eyes.

Watch their wholesome interaction below:

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At one point, Kiki even went and brought her own young son, Pablo, to show Canyon to him. Pablo was born at the zoo in October 2020.

Fortunately, Emmelina’s husband, Michael, documented the beautiful moment and shared it on YouTube on Sunday, May 9, and it’s already had more than 559,000 views.

Michael wrote with the video, ‘This gorilla is Kiki. She recently had a baby named Pablo. My wife, Emmelina, also had a baby 5 weeks previous to this video. Kiki had brought her baby over to us and shared a connection with my wife and our baby boy Canyon. We hope you enjoy the video.’

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In the wake of the surreal experience she had with Kiki, Emmelina said she can’t wait to revisit the zoo and see her again.

She added:

When I walked into the zoo that day, I never could’ve imagined that we’d have this experience. It was so beautiful and we walked out over the moon. And we had so many people stop us and tell us that was the most beautiful thing we’ve ever watched.

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‘It was so touching, it really was,’ Emmelina continued. ‘You could feel the emotions were just in the air.’

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Niamh Shackleton

Niamh Shackleton is a pint sized person and journalist at UNILAD. After studying Multimedia Journalism at the University of Salford, she did a year at Caters News Agency as a features writer in Birmingham before deciding that Manchester is (arguably) one of the best places in the world, and therefore moved back up north. She's also UNILAD's unofficial crazy animal lady.

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    Emmily Austin brought her baby to Boston's Franklin Park Zoo, where the infant fascinated Kiki the gorilla Author: Sean Stackhouse (NEWS CENTER Maine) Published: 5:16 PM EDT May 7, 2021 Updated: 11:25 AM EDT May 10, 2021 Facebook Twitter JEFFERSON, Maine — When Emmily Austin visited Boston's Franklin Park Zoo, she never expected the bond she would form there with Kiki the gorilla, also a mother. "She kept looking around the corner of the cave," Austin said. "I was like, 'She's looking at Canyon.'" Canyon is Austin's 5-month-old son. Last weekend, the Austins were exploring the gorilla exhibit at the zoo when Kiki surprised them. VR tech helps to teach medical students FEATURED BY "I was holding him up to the glass, and was like 'Yeah look, it's my baby.' And was like, 'How cool would it be if she came to see him?'" Austin said. "'I had said that several times but I wasn't really expecting it." Then, Kiki, a mother of five, made her way over to the glass that the Austins were peering through. Related Articles Meet Nimbus! He's the Mount Washington Observatory's new summit cat from the Conway Area Humane Society Here's what you should do if you find injured or abandoned wildlife this Spring Keeping you and your pets safe as wildlife emerges from hibernation "It was so sweet," Austin said. "For like well over five minutes she just sat there watching him and just staring at him so lovingly." Kiki is mother to four daughters, and one son, Pablo, who was born in October 2020, according to the Franklin Park Zoo's website. She is a Western Lowland Gorilla, native to Central Africa. Eventually, Kiki brought over her own son, Pablo, to see Canyon. "Her face was just so in love," Austin said. "She was showing her baby my baby." "I was just in awe," she said. "Trying to pet his face through the glass, and trying to hold his hand ... just the most beautiful thing. You could see the emotion in her eyes." Austin said that her son slept through most of the experience, but she's excited to return to the zoo to hopefully rekindle the relationship she made with Kiki. "When I walked into the zoo that day, I never could've imagined that we'd have this experience," she said. "It was so beautiful and we walked out over the moon. And we had so many people stop us and tell us that was the most beautiful thing we've ever watched. And it was so touching, it really was. You could feel the emotions were just in the air." by TaboolaSponsored Links You May Like The buzz around Bitcoin: why 2021 may be the year to invest eToro Mariah Carey's Photos After Her Weight Loss Are A Bit Too Much Daily Finance Stories Which Travel Card Has The Most Valuable Miles? NerdWallet Amazon Has Millions of Prime Subscribers — But Few Know About This Savings Trick Capital One Shopping Man Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo! JustPerfact USA