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Image of gorilla hugging man who saved its life wins award

Newshub logoNewshub 14/02/2018 Newshub staff

a man sitting in front of a window © Provided by MediaWorks NZ Limited 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."

Slideshow: Wildlife Photographer of the Year: People's Choice Award winner and entries

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