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Gorilla Spends Her Final Moments Hugging The Man Who Saved Her As A Baby

Virunga National Park rangers rescued a 2-month-old gorilla called Ndakasi in the Congolese forest in 2007. She’d been discovered holding her mother’s body, whose life had been cut short by poachers, writes paws-daily

Ndakasi’s tale, however, is one of kindness and love, despite her traumatic origins.

Virunga National Park rangers rescued a 2-month-old gorilla called Ndakasi in the Congolese forest in 2007. She’d been discovered holding her mother’s body, whose life had been cut short by poachers.

Ndakasi’s tale, however, is one of kindness and love, despite her traumatic origins.

Ndakasi met Andre Bauma, a keeper at the park’s gorilla nursery, not long after she was rescued from the bush. Bauma never left the orphaned gorilla’s side during her first night away from her mother.

“Through a severe rain storm that lasted all night, Andre held baby Ndakasi closely to his bare chest to keep her warm and soothe her,” the park workers reported.

But, due to Bauma and the rest of the orphanage personnel, Ndakasi not only survived the night. She would eventually grow up to be happy and healthy.

Ndakasi was photographed in the presence of those who loved her in a lovely selfie published by the park.

Given the circumstances surrounding Ndakasi’s rescue as a struggling newborn, every day of her existence was a blessing. But, tragically, it was cut short.

The gorilla’s caregivers informed last week that Ndakasi had died of an illness at the age of 14. Though it is terrible to have lost her at such a young age, her final moments showed a legacy of love.

“Ndakasi breathed her last breath in the loving embrace of her keeper and dear companion, Andre Bauma,” the park said.

Ndakasi is no longer with us, but she will not be forgotten. And the work of those who gave her a second opportunity at a happy life will continue, giving hope to other orphaned gorillas.

The refuge in Virunga National Park’s caretakers wouldn’t have it any other way.

“There is a link that binds us,” Bauma explained. “A very, very intimate bond between the guardians and the gorillas.”

Source: paws-daily.com

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