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    Every time I see these great apes in captivity I get this lump in my throat.. In particular with these magnificent Gorillas. Just who do we, humans, think we are...
    Maybe this emotion played a part in why I was so touched by this scene. The two hands; the mother's big protective one and the baby's tiny vulnerable one. The stern strong and yet gentle expression on her face telling me that she would do anything.. just anything to defend her little one. And the baby clinging on to his mother, safe in her embrace...
    By the way, the mum just dug into a handful of mouldered wood, that's why her face is so brown..
    Have a great (and safe) weekend everyone!!

    leaders, AnneliesW, ExeDave, and 248 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. noprayer4dying 78 months ago | reply

      this photo is a sign of love an affection...nicely done

    2. Wild Dogger (thx for + 2 MIO views) 75 months ago | reply


      This awesome picture deserves a GOLD AWARD. Please join our group and add your ***GOLD AWARD*** picture to our pool. Also tag your picture with " GOLD WILDLIFE "
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    3. Nounou 12 Maryse 75 months ago | reply

      Magnificent photo, bravo Forgiveness for my English language I write with a translator

    4. Ratatusk 74 months ago | reply

      Very nice shot. I hope it's taken in the wild, looks like it.
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      Threatened Species Photophlow Room

    5. mjmourik 72 months ago | reply

      National Geography quality, nee serieus al je foto's zijn prachtig zowel v.d dierentuin als ook de wildlife foto's perfecte composities, scherpte en kleuren: Chapeau!!!!

    6. melissasue1982 71 months ago | reply

      What a moving, sweet photograph. I love it!

    7. lahijadeunminero 70 months ago | reply

      Tender and simply OUTSTANDING!

    8. Catsbow 63 months ago | reply

      I've been eating my lunch as I look through your photos and read your comments. The last time I visited a zoo, I took a pic of the male gorilla there. His expression and demeanor are what made it a certainty that I would never, ever visit another zoo but, rather, do what I could to support animal sanctuaries and enjoy wildlife, in the the wild.

    9. Nikographer [Jon] 63 months ago | reply

      Exceptional work!

    10. Winsome J M 62 months ago | reply

      This is fantastic photography!

    11. Harlene2007 61 months ago | reply

      You captured the essence of this tender time of mom and infant!

      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    12. MyRidgebacks - Sharon C Johnson 58 months ago | reply

      This is an INVITATION to post this amazing shot
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    13. Ðoti@rt ╭ Ψ ╬♥╬ Ψ [deleted] 58 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called ! ♡¡ Amazing Portrait Animals Gallery 〄, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    14. Nayana :D 54 months ago | reply

      If I were ever asked what maternal instinct is, I would show them this picture. So fool of emotions.... TFS. I love it.

    15. JennySquib 29 months ago | reply

      Your photographs are always beyond excellent - but this one especially - it touches my heart. Thank you for posting it.

    16. Adam Hardy 23 months ago | reply

      I understand how you feel on this issue. I remember being six the last time i went to a zoo, very hard places for me to be in for the same reasons.

    17. So_she_says 22 months ago | reply

      wonderful shot

    18. Pam Stone Art (was GOB) 20 months ago | reply

      Absolutely beautiful.

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