Animals are intelligent beings with feelings and emotions, contrary to the belief of many individuals. Like humans, they are able to comprehend and recognize that they are being assisted. And naturally, they know how to express gratitude to those who aid or save them. The gorilla in this post is an excellent illustration of how intelligent and affectionate animals can be.
Meet Pikin, the unfortunate gorilla rescued by Ape Action Africa from being abducted by hunters. She was so terrified that rescuers had to sedate her in order to relocate her to a new area. After the effects of the sedatives wore off, Pikin awoke in the automobile. Incredibly, she was friendly and calm in the arms of a rescuer, Appolinaire Ndohoudou, instead of being angry and terrified. He has devoted his entire life to aiding and safeguarding endangered animals, particularly gorillas in Cameroon.
Jo-Anne McArthur, a gifted photographer, recorded the touching moment between Appolinaire and the gorilla. Pikin embraces the man in the photograph after understanding she has been rescued and is safe. Inevitably, the photograph won the People’s Choice Award for Wildlife Photograph of the Year, as it touched the hearts of everyone who saw it.
“I’m so grateful that this image resonated with people, and I hope it inspires us all to care for animals a little bit more. “No gesture of sympathy toward them is ever insignificant,” remarked McArthur. “On a regular basis, I film the cruelty humans inflict against animals, but I have also witnessed stories of rescue, hope, and redemption. Such is the case with the tale of Pikin and Appolinaire, a lovely moment shared by two friends.”
Annually, the Natural History Museum in London runs a photography competition, and authorities there were equally impressed by the photograph.
Director Sir Michael Dixon stated, “Jo-picture Anne’s is a symbol of humanity’s ability to safeguard the world’s most vulnerable animals and design a more sustainable future for life on our planet.” “Jo-photographs Anne’s serve as a reminder that we can make a difference, and that we all have a role to play in mitigating our impact on the natural world.”
Do animals have sufficient self-awareness to comprehend when they are being aided? Leave your opinions in the comments section below!