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

Plato pointed to the lack of logic when it comes to death, concluding that when death is already natural and inevitable and gods exist, it cannot be bad. Losing a parent can be tough especially if that is your mother.

Losing the parent who brought you to life is devastating. However, this feeling of loss is not only present in humans; animals can fell sorrow as well.

The following article will convince you.

Animals Feel Sorrow And Mourn For Dead Family Members

Gorillas are more like humans than we previously thought. Gorilla’s and human’s DNA differ at only 1.6 percent. So, gorillas are 15 percent closer to our DNA than chimpanzees and bonobos that are most similar to us. Gorillas are extremely intelligent animals and strongly related to humans.  Coco is a perfect example of this, she learned the sign language.

Sexual maturity in female gorillas comes quite later in the age of 8 or 9 years, that’s why they usually don’t have many children. Their pregnancy lasts 9 months, which is very similar to human pregnancy. Typically, they have only one child. The bond between the mother and her children is very strong. The photographer Phil Moore captured one perfect image that portraits the heartbreaking loss of a mother.

Namely, one mountain gorilla, housed in the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, lost its mother to poachers. The apparently discouraged gorilla and its emotions of grief were photographed in July 2012.  The park ranger Patrick Karabarang was hugging the gorilla, and offering emotional support.

Six hundred park rangers have to pass through rigorous training, so they jeopardize their lives to keep these extraordinary animals in the national park safe. The mountain gorillas are among these species. There are more than 200 gorillas in Virunga National Park that makes a quarter of their population in the world.

Mountain gorillas are seriously endangered species, which is a result of deforestation and severe habitat loss. The profitable industry like lumber trade and mining destroy  80,000 hectares of rainforest every day. Also, illegal hunting for trophies and food caused their number to drastically reduce.

There is an effort to save their natural habitat and reinstate their population, but the sad look on the orphaned gorilla and the ranger in the photograph reveal the true story. The greedy and uncompassionate people will put an end to it all.

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Reference: A Grieving Gorilla: A Picture That’s Worth Entire Courses
Man Comforts Gorilla Who Just Lost His Mom
Park Ranger Comforts A Sad Gorilla That Just Lost Its Mother To Poachers

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