A new mother from Maine had a sweet experience with a gorilla at a zoo in Massachusetts.
Emmelina Austin and her five-week-old son Canyon were at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston when she noticed one of the primates looking at her sleeping newborn son.
“She kept looking around the corner of the cave, and I was like, ‘She’s looking at Canyon,'” Emmelina said.
It was an unbelievable moment for the mom from Jefferson, Maine, when the gorilla came over to see her son up close. “For well over five minutes, she just sat there watching [Canyon], just staring at him, just so lovingly,” Emmelina continued.
The video was uploaded on Saturday by Emmelina’s husband, Michael Austin, to YouTube.
“This gorilla is Kiki. She recently had a baby named Pablo. My wife, Emmelina, also had a baby five weeks previous to this video. Kiki had brought her baby over to us and shared a connection with my wife and our baby boy Canyon,” Michael captioned the clip, which has over 71,000 views.
The video shows Kiki sit with her new baby, Pablo, near the safety glass of her exhibit where Emmelina sits holding her son.
The gorilla looks intently and puts her hand against the glass near the sleeping child’s head in a loving gesture. “When I walked into the zoo that day, I never could’ve imagined that we would have had that experience,” Emmelina said.
“It was so beautiful, and we walked out just over the moon.”
Kiki gave birth to Pablo in October, he is the Boston zoo’s first male baby gorilla. The Franklin Park Zoo said that since his birth Kiki has kept her son close and loves to hold him.