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One Man's Extraordinary Encounter With Mountain Gorillas
Every year thousands of tourists travel to Bwindi National Park in Uganda to catch the merest glimpse of the wild mountain gorillas. But on his visit in 2011 travel photographer John King had an experience few could ever dream of.
A family of gorillas actually came into the compound where John was staying, a scary yet incredible scenario in anyone's book. The sheer brute power and force of The King gorilla, means that if agitated all hell could break loose at any moment.
As the family ambled through the main entrance of the tourist complex, John found himself in the most precarious of positions. Make any sudden movement and there could be a real threat to his safety and those around him. But in the middle of capturing this quite extraordinary moment on film, quite the opposite happened. This family of wild and often reclusive animals treated him like he was one of their own.
Despite the millions of years of evolution between our species, we're all still related.
It seems the Uganda mountain gorillas are equally as curious about their human relatives, as we are about their existence. Their future & sustainability is inextricably linked to the decisions we make about our world today.
Despite thousands of years of evolution and the obvious differences in our species, family is family after all.