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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!!

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Taken on June 27, 2007