Strong yet gentle

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Photographer: Penny Patterson

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This is a photograph of Ndume’s right hand. The hands of a gorilla are another one of the many similarities we humans share with them. One of the obvious differences is the incredible size of their hands compared to ours. A gorilla can easily grasp a tree trunk for climbing or pull down branches when foraging. Human thumbs are closer in size to the other four digits of the same hand where as the thumb of a gorilla is much shorter than the other four fingers.