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.
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.
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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