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Gorilla Touch by ApeArt

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Oh what a wonderful, unforgettable moment, making contact with a gorilla. I worked at the Limbe Wildlife Centre in Cameroon in December, looking after primates. I spent a fantastic afternoon with some of the gorillas. A large female was very interested in me, I think her name was Emma. We spent over an hour together, each of us separated by a chain link fence.

She stared intently into my eyes, never taking her gaze off me. At one point she produced a stick and slowly pushed it under the wire and cautiously poked my sandal with it, just out of curiousity, in a very gentle manner. I didn’t feel threated at all.

Every time I moved along the fence and tried to take a picture of another gorilla, she sat in front of them, so I couldn’t very easily. It was actually impossible to get a good pic of her, as she was so close to me.

I knew she was comfortable in my presence when she slowly lifted a leg and proceeded to let out a long, loud fart, which was very smelly.

Eventually she slid her hand under the wire and I took it. A wonderful moment which I was very blessed to experience

Taken with Nikon D50 using 18-55mm lens

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  • nannajul
    nannajulalmost 6 years ago

    Another wonderful moment Jane. Emma is a beautiful character. She is very friendly with Benito, a male companion who she was rescued with while they were just babies. She is a beautiful gorilla and you must be very proud of this moment you shared together.

  • Yes she was lovely and gentle and beautiful and I am so grateful for the short time I had with her. I think I saw Benito too, he was near her and is quite handsome, yes? I have some pics of him and a couple of her, will put them up too

    – ApeArt

  • cdudak
    cdudakalmost 6 years ago

    What an AWESOME SHOT! Instant favorite…Kay

  • Thank you very much:)

    – ApeArt

  • Vickie  Scarlett-Fisher
    Vickie Scarle...almost 6 years ago

    Wow, what a moment! This is something….I love the picture, it does capture the moment you experienced.

  • Thank you so much, it was amazing :)

    – ApeArt

  • nannajul
    nannajulalmost 6 years ago

    Yes she was lovely and gentle and beautiful and I am so grateful for the short time I had with her. I think I saw Benito too, he was near her and is quite handsome, yes? I have some pics of him and a couple of her, will put them up too

    I can’t wait to see them, and Nyango too :)

  • :)

    – ApeArt

  • Lucertola
    Lucertolaalmost 6 years ago

    It is always nice to feel wanted and appreciated – even if only for an hour!

  • Exactly :)

    – ApeArt

  • shilohlin
    shilohlinalmost 6 years ago

    this has to be the most touching and amazing thing I have ever seen…….I cannot begin to image the emotion this had to bring to you!!! bless your heart for loving them the way you do…….we are all blessed because of it :)

  • Well thank you I do so love them and all the monkeys too:) I am hoping to look after elephants next…

    – ApeArt

  • SandeElkins
    SandeElkinsalmost 6 years ago

    Touching image and story! I envy your time with these wonderful creatures; what an adventure that must have been:-)

  • Yes it was wonderful, I know I am so honoured. Am looking into working with elephants next time…

    – ApeArt

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragheralmost 6 years ago

    great shot,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • Thanks Sean

    – ApeArt

  • Deborah  Benoit
    Deborah Benoitalmost 6 years ago

    Such a fabulous moment you captured!!

  • Thank you:))

    – ApeArt

  • mlynnd
    mlynndalmost 6 years ago

    WOW, I love this. Instant favorite!

  • Thank you very much

    – ApeArt

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