Kiki was utterly taken by a 5-week-old boy and his mom with whom she bonded over their shared maternity.
Kiki the gorilla starred in what may be one of the most adorable moments of 2021 yet when she met baby Canyon and his mom Emmelina Austin earlier this month at Franklin Park Zoo.
Canyon’s father Michael Austin caught the adorable moment in which the 5-week-old boy caught Kiki’s total attention, who kept trying to hold his hand through the glass. “She kept looking around the corner of the cave, and I was like, ‘She’s looking at Canyon,’” Austin told News Center Maine.“For well over five minutes, she just sat there watching [Canyon], just staring at him, just so lovingly.”
What the Austins didn’t know is that Kiki had just had a boy of her own earlier in October as well. The gorilla mom seemed to bond with Emmelina over their shared maternity and also held up her little baby boy Pablo to show him off making the whole zoo (and us!) swoon!
Emmelina Austin told News Center Maine that her and her husband walked out of Franklin Park Zoo “just over the moon” — So would have we after witnessing such a tender encounter!
[Featured image: Screenshot of Michael Austin’s YouTube video]