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Gorilla mom and new human mama connect over their new babies

A sweet maternal moment between two loving mamas!

Baby and gorilla

When Emmelina and her husband Michael visited the zoo with their one-month-old son, Canyon, they had no idea they’d make a personal connection with one of the animals.

Baby and gorilla
Image Credit: Madly Odd

The family visited the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and trekked to the primate area of the zoo. There, they went to the glass enclosure of the endangered Western Lowland Gorillas.

Emmelina, carrying her infant in her arms, spotted a gorilla mother. It was KiKi, one of the zoo’s most popular figures, and her seven-month-old son, Pablo.

Baby and gorilla
Image Credit: Madly Odd

Almost instinctually, both mothers reach the glass with their babies. The two women stood there for several minutes looking at each other and their children.

KiKi held up Pablo to see Emmelina and Canyon. The mother gorilla placed her hand on the glass several times and appeared to make signs with the hands, trying to communicate.

Baby and gorilla
Image Credit: Madly Odd

Though her baby is sleeping, Emmelina lifts Canyon’s hand to the glass so that KiKi place her hand to meet his. It was a very special moment for both mothers as they bonded over motherhood and the wonders of a new baby.

Emmelina’s husband, Michael, recorded the interaction on his iPhone. He and his wife had tears in their eyes by the end of the experience. When they left the house that day, they had no idea they’d have such a memorable moment.

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Gorilla mom and new human mama connect over their new babies