Arms of an Angel

It’s a very tender African moment between rescuer and gorilla that made the People’s Choice for the Photographer of the Year 2017 award from the British Natural History Museum. 
Canadian photographer’s image – Jo-Anne McArthur – came out tops with 20 000 votes.

Pikin, a lowland gorilla, had been captured and was going to be sold for bushmeat but was rescued by Ape Action Africa.
Jo-Anne took this photograph as the gorilla was being moved from her former enclosure within a safe forest sanctuary in Cameroon to a new and larger one, along with a group of gorilla companions.

She was first sedated, but during the transfer to the new enclosure she awoke.
Luckily, she was not only very drowsy, but she was also in the arms of her caretaker, Appolinaire Ndohoudou – a man who also forced to flea his home in Chad due to civil war, and so she remained calm for the duration of the bumpy drive.

McArthur said she is so thankful that this image resonated with people, and that she hopes that it might inspire us all to care a little bit more about animals.

This image is part of an exhibition that will be on display at the London museum until May 26.
(Technical specification: Nikon D300 + Nikon 17–35mm f2.8 lens at 25mm; 1/100 sec at f3.2;)

Words and image courtesy of The British Natural History Museum 

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