Man Comforts Sad Gorilla After Losing Its Mother

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A brave park ranger lent a shoulder to cry on after poachers killed the ape’s mom.

The loss of a parent is one of the hardest experiences we as humans have to go through. But it seems that this tragic experience is not limited to humans.

Photographer Phil Moore captured a heartbreaking photo of a distraught gorilla mourning the loss of its mother by leaning on park ranger Patrick Karabaranga. The image has been going viral on the internet.

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The dismayed mountain gorilla calls Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo its home. The species are endangered due to human activities, including poaching and deforestation.

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The bittersweet moment demonstrates that humans are not the only species capable of experiencing deep emotions and loss. In a time when countless animals are becoming critically endangered due to human activities, Karabaranga’s compassion is a poignant reminder of the positive effect we can have on the lives of animals everywhere.

All it takes is a little empathy.

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