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Virunga Mountain Gorilla

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Two living creatures can bond emotionally, and they don’t even need words to speak to each other. That’s precisely what happened when park ranger Patrick Karabaranga comforted a mountain gorilla shortly after the gorilla’s mother was killed by poachers in July 2012.

This photo, taken by Phil Moore, shows that humans aren’t the only ones who display mourning and grief. The gorilla is clearly saddened as it puts both hands on Karabaranga’s lap. All the man can do is offer a consoling arm around the gorilla’s shoulders.

The photo offers a glimpse into the daily struggle faced by rangers in Virunga National Park. The country is trying to expand its infrastructure by building roads through thick jungles. Unfortunately, these new roads make it
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