Sometimes, it seems like gorillas are from another planet. They’re huge and fearsome and potentially dangerous, but they’re also capable of incredible sweetness and gentle behavior. For example, when a lost baby duckling ended up in the gorilla enclosure in the Bronx Zoo in New York, visitors waited with bated breath to see what might happen next. Would the gorillas be hostile? As it turns out, the gorillas were more curious than angry, which resulted in this adorable picture of a gorilla playing with a duckling.
Here’s the story from Tom Warren, the 51-year-old photographer who happened to capture the unlikely meeting between the gorilla and the duck.
“I went to the zoo and quickly became aware of a commotion in the gorilla exhibit, as many of the school children were yelling ‘ducky, ducky!’ We all watched with amazement as the little duckling wandered around the exhibit, while the gorillas either backed away from it or inspected it with curiosity. Then I spotted the duckling on the log next to a seemingly, amused gorilla. The duckling did not seem the least bit intimidated and for good reason, as Africa’s gentle giants eat mostly fruits and plants. How fortunate I was to witness a wonderful moment between two unlikely friends,” said Warren, who witnessed the encounter. ”I held my breath and was able to fire off a few frames, knowing that the moment that I was witnessing was a very special one. I was relieved when I got home and that the scene was in focus despite the fact that the photograph was taken through a thick piece of plexiglass.”
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