WATCH: Cute baby chimp bonds with pilot during rescue flight

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There's cute, and then there's a baby chimpanzee trying to help fly a plane cute.

This adorable video was shared by anti-poaching pilot Anthony Caere, stationed in the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The chimpanzee, named Mussa, even got a grooming session from the pilot before falling asleep on Caere's lap.

Mussa was rescued from poachers by park officials, and Caere says in his Instagram post that "this looks cute but is actually a sad story. He should be with his mum. But happy we could give him a new good home!"

Mussa was flown by Caere to Lwiro Primates, an organisation that looks after orphaned chimpanzees in the DRC, and this is their third rescue this year.

"Rescues are always a mix of feelings... happy because we are saving them but sad at the same time for what it means for wild populations," Lwiro Primates wrote in a Facebook post. 

Chimpanzees are often slaughtered for bushmeat and orphaned babies are either abandoned or sold into the illegal pet trade.