Friendship can occur between the most unlikely of companions.
During morning checks recently, a gorilla caregiver for Ape Action Africa, "a non-profit dedicated to the conservation of endangered gorillas, chimpanzees and monkeys," discovered their silverback Bobo had formed a new acquaintance during the night.
This is Bobo, the dominant male in a group of 6 gorillas.
And this is the tiny galago or "bush baby" that Bobo befriended during the night!
Small brown galago by Bobo's arm.Ape Action Africa/Alex Benitez
Brown galago looks toward Bobo from next to his palm.Ape Action Africa/Alex Benitez
Elissa O'Sullivan, an Ape Action Africa spokeswoman, told Bored Panda:
"On his morning checks, our gorilla caregiver discovered Bobo cradling a young, wild bush baby."
"The bush baby showed no fear of Bobo, moving around his body and spending time hopping around in an open grassy area, before choosing to return to Bobo."
Bobo holds the galago.Ape Action Africa/Alex Benitez
She went on:
"Bobo's group-mates were curious about the bush baby and hoped that he might share it with them, but Bobo kept the bush baby to himself."
The galago's tiny face peeks over some vegetation.Ape Action Africa/Alex Benitez
After about two hours together, Bobo deposited the bush baby in some nearby trees and they went their seperate ways.
The galago explores its much larger primate cousin.Ape Action Africa/Alex Benitez
Ape Action Africa posted a video of the unlikely pair on Facebook, and it's already amassed over 493,000 views!
The full caption for the video.Ape Action Africa/Facebook
Facebook users were blown away by Bobo's softer side.
It seems many of them wanted to jump on team animal, which is understandable if you've had a good look at the worst side of team human.
Perhaps we could all learn something from Bobo.
Gorillas are smarter than some people give them credit for. However humans, gorillas and even the tiny galagos are all part of the order of primates.
I know we're all thinking it: a gorilla and a bush baby would make a great crime fighting duo.
Maybe the next time you meet someone very different from you, remember the compassion Bobo had for his new bush baby friend. The human world needs more of that.