Orphaned Gorilla FLIPS OUT When He Meets A New Friend
A gorilla now known as Parry won't have to be alone anymore.
Parry's past is a heart-wrenching story of displacement and alienation. The gorilla, who is now around 5 years old, was stolen from the forest as a baby after his mother was killed, and kept as a pet. But when he got too big to keep, his owners simply abandoned him.
When villagers in Cameroon found him recently, he was all alone, hungrily eating mangoes from a tree. And everything changed for him in that moment.
Wildlife authorities helped bring Parry - who was too tame to go back to the wild on his own, especially since gorillas in that region are illegally hunted for their meat - to a sanctuary for individuals in the same troubling predicament.
Finally, this week, that moment came.
"After weeks of watching and waiting, Parry has finally met his new friend Chris," Ape Action Africa wrote on Facebook. "The two gorillas have been living in sight of each other since Parry was rescued in June, but were not able to meet until Parry had completed his quarantine period. Parry has been fascinated by Chris, offering him play gestures from afar."
When Parry finally met his new friend, they "hit it off instantly," according to the group.
They played and wrestled until they collapsed with exhaustion.
The gorilla who so recently had no one is definitely not alone anymore.
"We can never replace the family that Parry has lost, but we have made a lifelong commitment to providing him with friendship and happiness amongst our other gorilla orphans," Ape Action Africa wrote.
And soon Parry will meet the lady gorillas, Luci and Chickaboo.