When it comes to the bonds of a mother’s love, sometimes a difference isn’t really a difference at all.
Just ask Emmelina Austin and her new pal Kiki, a gorilla mother.
Austin and her family decided to take their 1-month-old son, Canyon, to the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston the other day.
The Austins came across Kiki in the company of her own offspring, a 7-month-old baby gorilla called Pablo, while passing by the gorilla enclosure.
Canyon’s father, Michael Austin, told The Dodo that his wife felt like she could grasp their link and realize how much she cared for Pablo now that she is a mother herself.
“My wife held out our son to show Kiki, who was on the opposite side of the fence… suddenly Kiki grabbed Pablo and carried him over to us on her leg.”
Emmelina and Kiki sat with their baby inches apart for the next several minutes, connecting as mothers despite the linguistic barrier between them:
Michael explained, “[Kiki] was talking to us with her hands.” “At one point, Pablo pressed his face against the glass, and they stood there, noses touching, watching him.” Tears welled up in both my wife’s and my eyes.”
It was a memorable time for the young family.
“It was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had,” Michael stated. “What a wonderful memory to pass down to our son one day!”