A mother’s love knows no bounds and, in this case, it even transcends the boundaries between species.

This is the special story of Emmelina Austin and Kiki… the loving gorilla.

Recently, Emmelina and her husband, Michael, visited the Boston Franklin Park Zoo with their 1-month-old son, Canyon.

And that is where they met Kiki and her own, 7-month-old baby gorilla, Pablo.

Image: Michael Austin

My wife mentioned that she felt like she could understand their bond and could see how much she cared for Pablo, since she is a mother now herself,” Michael told The Dodo.

“My wife held up our son to show to Kiki, who was on the other side of the enclosure … then Kiki grabbed Pablo and put him on her leg to carry him over to us.”

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Image: Michael Austin

For the next few minutes, Emmelina and Kiki sat with their babies separated only by a glass window – making a deep connection as mothers.

“[Kiki] was talking to us with her hands,” Michael said. “Pablo even pushed his face up to the glass at one point and they watched him, noses touching, together. My wife and I both had tears in our eyes.”

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Image: Michael Austin

It was a time the Austins will forever cherish in their memories.

“It was one of the most amazing experiences,” Michael said. “Such an incredible memory to share with our son someday!”

To see the heartwarming video, please click below.

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