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A Park Ranger Comforts A Sad Gorilla That Just Lost Its Mother

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The loss of a parent leaves an incurable wound. Humans are known to be emotional beings. But animals too can feel the soreness from losing a parent.

Phil Moore, a photographer, took a touching photo of a park ranger sitting next to a grieving gorilla. Sadly, the poachers killed its mother. The ranger is called Patrick Karabaranga who works at the Virunga National Park in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

More than 600 rangers protect the Virunga National Park, as it is situated in a region that has been deeply affected by wars and armed conflicts.

Local men and women are trying their best to safeguard the exceptional wildlife of the national park. They go through intensive training and put their lives on risk to protect the last of the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas. Over 200 mountain gorillas live in the national park, which makes about the quarter of the world’s mountain gorilla population.

This photo is taken in 2012 and it is clear proof that gorillas can express loss and grief. It also shows Karabaranga’s compassion to an animal that cannot express its feeling with words.

They sit next to each other in the park’s gorilla sanctuary and you can see in the photo that the gorilla placed his hand on Patrick’s leg. They assume that the gorilla shows a sign of gratitude for Patrick’s sympathy.

The rangers brought the gorilla together with three other orphans after poachers killed their mothers, or traffickers illegally attempt to export them out of the national park.

Gorilla’s natural habitat is the rainforest, where they thrive and settle as families. It is proven that they develop a sense of belonging just like humans and can feel heartbroken when separated from their family or if they aren’t close to their homes.

They became an endangered species after infrastructure was built to transport goods from the rainforests.

Massive efforts have been done to restore the wild gorilla’s population to its normal numbers. But we can all agree that by the look on its face and its sadness, there is much more to be done to save them and their environment.