Photographer Jo-Anne McArthur captured this image of a lowland gorilla in the arms of its caretaker after being rescued. Jo-Anne McArthur /Natural History Museum This captivating image of a lowland gorilla in the arms of a man is the People’s Choice Award winner for Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Photographer Jo-Anne McArthur captured the intimate portrait after the gorilla was rescued from hunters who captured her with the intention of selling her for bushmeat. Pikin the gorilla was rescued by the group Ape Action Africa and sedated while she was moved from one enclosure to another. The sedatives wore off early, and Pikin awoke in the car. However, she remained calm in the arms of Appolinaire Ndohoudou, who has dedicated his life to protecting gorillas in Cameroon. In fact, many of the animals have known him their whole lives. “I’m so thankful that this image resonated with people, and I hope it might inspire us all to care a little bit more about animals. No act of compassion towards them is ever too small,” McArthur said in a statement. “I regularly document the cruelties animals endure at our hands, but sometimes I bear witness to stories of rescue, hope […]

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