Image of gorilla hugging man who saved its life wins UK Wildlife Photographer of the Year award

Image of gorilla hugging man who saved its life wins UK Wildlife Photographer of the Year award
Photo credit: Natural History Museum UK/ Jo-Anne McArthur

A heart-warming image of a gorilla hugging the one of the people responsible for saving his life has won the UK Natural History Museum Wildlife of the Year People's Choice Award.

Photographer Jo-Anne McArthur captured the image in Cameroon of rescued gorilla Pikin being moved with the help of several volunteers.

Pikin was rescued from the bush-meat trade by charity Ape Action Africa. At the time of the photo, she was moving from her previous small enclosure to a new larger one with a group of gorillas.

The photo shows a sedated Pikin shortly after she woke during the transfer, in the arms of her caretaker, Appolinaire Ndohoudou.

"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," said Ms McArthur.

"No act of compassion towards them is ever too small.

"I regularly document the cruelties animals endure at our hands, but sometimes I bear witness to stories of rescue, hope and redemption."

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