Konrad Wothe photographed the little chimp at the Mahale Mountains National Park, Tanzania, Africa
The toddler relaxes with his mother in these rare and revealing close-up shots
‘This baby was trying to intimidate me with short attacks, but before it reached me it ran back to mum and showed me grimaces.
‘Within six days with the chimps I only had one close encounter with the baby and I was happy to get such nice shots.’
He added: ‘You are lucky to find a female group of chimps and even more if they have a small baby among them.
‘Each tourist or photographer has a limited time the apes. You are only allowed around an hour per day.
‘The best time to see them is when they’re on the ground. If they’re up in the trees, it’s very difficult to photograph them.’
This is the moment an adorable baby chimp took his first faltering steps away from his mother.
Brave explorer: The tiny chimpanzee wobbles slightly as he tries to look tough for the camera
His beard and wrinkles belying his tender years, the brave youngster looked a little unsteady on his feet as he determinedly approached the camera in a bid to show off his confidence.
But his courage soon faded and he fled back to the safety of his family.
Growing up: The young animal is clearly keen to become independent, but is still deeply reliant on his doting mother.
Photographer Konrad Wothe captured the sweet little chimp making his first forays out into the big wide world in the Mahale Mountains National Park, Tanzania, Africa.
The 59-year-old’s incredible, close-up shots reveal the true depth of the wide-eyed baby’s heart-warming relationship with his family.
srory by EMMA REYNOLDS @ Mail online