A visit to the zoo turned into a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a young Maine-based family. When found themselves in front of an endangered Western Lowland gorilla’s enclosure, they just learned what the unique maternal bond actually means. The moment was caught on camera, and it is nothing short of extraordinary!
Emmelina Austin, her husband Michael and their one-month-old son, Canyon went to visit the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, but little did they know they were about to experience a wonderful moment. “When I walked into the zoo that day, I never could’ve imagined that we’d have this experience,” the woman said.
The new mom was carrying her baby into her arms, when she spotted a mother gorilla through the glass. It was Kiki – one of the zoo’s most famous residents – and her 7-month-old son Pablo. So the mother and her new born baby stopped for a moment and looked at her. But then something adorable happened!
Kiki and her baby approached the enclosure’s glass, and so Emmelina did. Then, for several minutes the two mother sat there and bond over their babies in the sweetest possible way. The kind of deep connection, you actually need to experience, to understand. Michael caught the entire scene on his cellphone and the video went viral online.
“My wife held up our son to show to Kiki,” Michael explained to THE DODO. “Then Kiki grabbed Pablo and put him on her leg to carry him over to us. It was one of the most amazing experiences. Kiki was talking to us with her hands. My wife and I both had tears in our eyes.”
Despite the differences, in this magical moment, the two mothers spoke the very same language! Emmelina was deeply impressed by the unique bond. An experience she definitely won’t forget anytime soon.
“Her face was just so in love,” the mother said. “She kept looking around the corner of the cave, and I was like, ‘She’s looking at Canyon.’ She was showing her baby, my baby.”
Watch the beautiful moment here: