A Boston zoo-goer who has recently become a new mother has proved that a mother’s love is a universal language. As their sweet encounter with a gorilla at the Boston Zoo has gone viral.
New mom Emmily Austin of Jefferson, Maine, visited the zoo with her husband Michael and 5-month-old son Canyon when they caught the attention of a Western Lowland Gorilla named Kiki.
Kiki who also happens to have a newborn baby boy gorilla of her own, the mother Gorilla couldn’t help but be in awe of the couples’ new baby boy Canyon. Emmily’s husband was able to record an incredible video of Kiki the gorilla having a closer look at baby Canyon at that point, showing a lot of interest in the human baby.
The gorilla moves closer to the baby boy, and others gasp and say, “Oh my God.” Kiki approaches the glass to take a closer look at baby Canyon, who is asleep throughout the entire encounter as seen in the video. The mother gorilla even tried to pet Canyon’s face through the glass window and also held up her hand to match Canyons, with hopes of trying to “hold his hand.”
For well over five minutes, Kiki stared at Canyon and explained to Austin, who was awestruck by Kiki’s reaction to her newborn:
“She kept looking around the corner of the cave, and I was like, ‘She’s looking at Canyon. For well over five minutes, she just sat there watching [Canyon], just staring at him, just so lovingly. When I walked into the zoo that day, I never could’ve imagined that we would have had that experience. It was so beautiful, and we walked out just over the moon,” Austin said.
Pablo (Kiki’s baby gorilla) clambers over and Kiki scoops him up, leaving the two mothers holding their boys with the glass between them. When Austin’s wife told her husband that the mother gorilla was interested in Canyon, Michael initially didn’t believe her. He believed she was only making up the gorilla’s interest. He ultimately paid attention to her, though, and began recording their encounter. That was now viral, after sharing it on social media.
Michael Austin said, “The next time she made eye contact with Kiki, she held up Canyon again and waved her over, then Kiki grabbed Pablo and put him on her leg to carry him over to us.”
“My wife sat on the floor, and Kiki came over and immediately started interacting with us. It was one of the most amazing experiences to see her trying to hold Canyon’s hand, lick him through the glass, and she just kept on pointing to us and then down at him, almost as if she was telling us, ‘That’s your baby,” Michael added.
Michael continued, as Kiki then tried to communicate with the Austins through gestures.
“She was talking to us with her hands. Pablo even pushed his face up to the glass at one point, and they watched him, noses touching, together. My wife and I both had tears in our eyes, and we had several people tell us they had never witnessed something or experienced something so beautiful as this in their life. Such an incredible memory to share with our son someday!”
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