Intelligence Shines Through by Steve  Buffington

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(A is for Ape)

I just heard a story of a little 4 year old boy who fell into a Gorilla pen in London some years back. A female went over and felt the boy over to ensure he was not badly hurt, then picked him up and kept him away from the large male Gorilla until she could hand the little boy over to zoo officials. It just seemed like a good story to share.

(Taken in the Los Angeles Zoo with a Nikon D300 using a Nikkor 80-200 f2.8 lens).

Featured in the group ImageWriting in June 09.

—1st place finisher in the Western Lowland Gorilla Challenge in the group Primate Art.

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  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 5 years ago

    A wonderful capture indeed :))

  • janeymac
    janeymacover 5 years ago

    wonderful image what a beautiful animal ! I remember that story Steve , it was so heartwarming , they are so like us ! cheers Jane

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezover 5 years ago

    oh , dear, how i love them and alll of Gods lovely creatures. what a beautiful story , heartwarming and beautiful .. and to boot , wow, what a capture so perfect , steve.

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelover 5 years ago

    Steve, an excellent story to share, but it’s not as good as the photo!

  • Lisawv
    Lisawvover 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture Steve! You can see so much in those eyes, they tell their own story. Glad you included the other story, animals are so amazing. Great work.

  • Finbarr Reilly
    Finbarr Reillyover 5 years ago

    Wonderful Steve

  • Paul Thompson Photography
    Paul Thompson ...over 5 years ago

    Great shot and story, he really looks like he is thinking something through

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 5 years ago

    Fantastic work, Steve!

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 5 years ago

    I am always fascinated by these animals! And wonder if we are doing the right thing keeping them in captivity! Fantastic portrait! The intelligence is apparent! Wonderful story as well Steve and makes me ponder even more…

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 5 years ago

    What a magnificent capture and portrait. Splendid work.

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