A impactante história por trás de uma das fotos finalistas do concurso 'Wildlife Photographer of the Year'

Por Victória Bravo

A gorila Kuhirwa foi a protagonista de uma das fotos mais comoventes da exposição de fotografias da vida selvagem "Wildlife Photographer of the Year".O espanhol Ricardo Núñez Montero capturou a imagem durante uma viagem à Uganda.

No começo, o fotógrafo pensou que o animal estava brincando com um ramo. No entanto, a realidade era muito mais triste: a fêmea tinha nas mãos o restos do corpo do seu filhote.

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The whole sequence around “Kuhirwa mourns her baby”, winner of mammals behaviour at Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018. “Kuhirwa, a young female mountain gorilla, would not give up on her dead baby. Initially she cuddled and groomed the tiny corpse, carrying it piggyback like the other mothers. Weeks later, she started to eat what was left of it. From elephants stroking the bones of deceased family members to dolphins trying to keep dead companions afloat, there is an abundance of credible evidence to show that animals visibly express grief. Kuhirwa’s initial actions can be interpreted as mourning, her behaviour showing the pain of a mother who has lost her child.” Natural History Museum, London. #wildlife #africanwildlife #natgeowild #wildlifephotography #bwindi #africanwildlifephotography #discoverwildlife #animalkingdom #ugandawildlife #ugandawildlifeauthority #africanamazing #igscwildlife #wildlifephotographer #exclusive_wildlife #gf_wildlife #wildlifelover #wildlifelovers #animalelite #all_animals_addiction #wildlife_perfection #splendid_animals #ok_animals #InstaNatureFriends_ #africananimals #YourUganda #shots_of_animals #animal_captures #featured_wildlife #marvelshots #wpy54

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"O guia explicou que tal comportamento ocorre em fêmeas jovens que perdem seus bebês, também muito jovens, às vezes na mesma noite em que deram à luz, porque elas não querem deixá-los ir embora", contou Núñez em entrevista ao El País.

Neste caso, Kuhirwa já andava carregando o corpo há semanas, limpando e cuidando dele como se estivesse vivo. Depois, a gorila acabou comento os ossos do filhote.

A cena comovente fez com que o fotógrafo vencesse na categoria “Comportamentos mamíferos da 54ª edição da mostra”.

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Every now and then, bad news give us a break. Mountain gorillas have just been reclassified from “critically endangered” to “endangered”, a step further from extinction. Kudos to so many people working in really difficult conditions and committed to protecting one of the most amazing environments in the world: the Jungle of Bwindi. Rangers, trackers, porters, guides… a whole community struggling to preserve their neighbour gorillas for future generations. Thank you all, guys, you are amazing. #wildlife #africanwildlife #uganda #wildlifephotography #bwindi #africanwildlifephotography #discoverwildlife #animalkingdom #ugandawildlife #ugandawildlifeauthority #africanamazing #igscwildlife #wildlifephotographer #exclusive_wildlife #gf_wildlife #wildlifelover #wildlifelovers #animalelite #all_animals_addiction #wildlife_perfection #splendid_animals #ok_animals #InstaNatureFriends_ #africananimals #YourUganda #shots_of_animals #animal_captures #featured_wildlife #marvelshots #onlyafrica

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