Mussa, an adorable baby chimp, was orphaned after losing his family to poachers in Virunga National Park in the Congo.

But luckily for Mussa, pilot Anthony Caere was there to whisk him to the safe haven of the Lwiro Primates rescue and rehabilitation center. On the flight, Anthony cared for Mussa just like his own mother would have, cuddling and grooming as the baby chimp sat in the caring pilot’s lap. The chimp remained so calm during the flight, he managed to sneak in a nap!

Mussa may never get over the trauma of losing his family, but we are thankful to Anthony and the Lwiro staff for caring for this orphaned baby who so desperately needed their help.

Pilot Anthony Caere with chimp