~~July 31, 2014~~
Ending the day on a sweet note.
LOVE IS LOVE
We are surrounded by so many difficult things in life. We have forgotten the simple, real and sincere joy of being close to pure beings. In this case, we see a human being connected to a majestic, glorious animal.
The joy is there to see with their meeting after 5 years of absence.
This is clear evidence that animals feel and remember. At least this one did. I’m sure that there are many of them who do.
Let’s take solace in the beauty of raw, unadulterated feelings and showing of affection. There is no subterfuge here … this is real.
This is refreshing and so comforting.
~What Happened When A Gorilla Saw The Man Who Raised Him, 5 Years Later~
After raising a Gorilla in an English zoo, Damian Aspinall ventured out to the jungle where it was released to try to catch a glimpse of him, five years later. Not expecting the Gorilla, “Kwibi”, to recognize him, he was in for a major shock when they crossed paths.
What happened next was an amazing display of affection and shows that love can transcend boundaries, whether it be size, shape, race, or even species. If it put a smile on your face, as it did to me, share this amazing reunion between father and “child”.
Damian Aspinall: ‘I’m happiest with the animals’
The millionaire casino-owning environmentalist Damian Aspinall grew up surrounded by his father’s exotic pets and almost all his friends were animals. Indeed, he still treats them as if they were extended family.
As a boy, his best friends were bears and wolves, and later on his own children shared their nursery with a baby gorilla, who they treated as a big brother. Damian Aspinall, son of the legendary gambler and maverick zoo keeper, John Aspinall, grew up surrounded by his father’s exotic pets and has passed on his all-consuming passion for wildlife to his children.
Amid sculptures of pouncing lions and leopards at home in Knightsbridge, he says: “It’s magic crossing the species boundaries, and the greatest thing about being alive. You can’t explain to people who don’t have it.”
The Aspinalls are well known for their special relationships with animals, adopting wild orphans and raising them alongside their children. “Some animal people have a deep-rooted connection, and it comes from very deep in here,” he says, pounding on his heart.
“When you look at your cats or dogs and they look into your eyes, there’s an understanding and a level of love like they’re your children. You see their pain, you see their love and you instinctively understand their wants and needs. Imagine having that with primates and lions!”
The millionaire casino-owning environmentalist, once a staple of the international party circuit with supermodel girlfriends such as Naomi Campbell and Elle Macpherson, has devoted his life and fortune to conservation. He runs Howletts and Port Lympne wildlife parks in Kent as well as the Aspinall Foundation.
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Aspinall is convinced that he inherited his fearlessness, cavalier disregard for convention and great love of animals from his father. Since taking over the wildlife parks and foundation in 2000, he has far exceeded John’s ambitions. “You have to understand that when he died, there was no money in the bank and these parks were losing £4m a year. Now we have to find £10m a year. I can see why the other family members didn’t want to be involved. My brother and sister had no interest in animals, but I was compelled to do it.”
Like his father, who made his fortune from his Mayfair casinos and used it to create country estates for his wild animals, Aspinall uses the profits of his property and gambling empire to keep his charity afloat, as well as funding the patrolling of the foundation’s conservancies in Kenya, which span about 1m acres.
~Damian Aspinall’s Extraordinary Gorilla Encounter on Gorilla School~
~~Uploaded on Apr 21, 2010~~
http://aquavitafilms.com In the African jungle, conservationist Damian Aspinall searches for Kwibi, a lowland gorilla he hasn’t seen for 5 years. Kwibi grew up with Damian at his Howletts Wild Animal Park in England. When he was five, he was released into the forests of Gabon, West Africa as part of conservation programme to re-introduce gorillas back into the wild. Now Kwibi’s 10 years old, much bigger and stronger.
Will Damian find him? Will Kwibi attack him?
Watch the whole story of the amazing UK gorillas who are making a comeback in Africa in Gorilla School on Animal Planet narrated by Kevin Spacey.
Adopt a Gorilla School baby: http://www.aspinallfoundation.org/ado. Produced by Aqua Vita Films Ltd http://www.aquavitafilms.com
Kwibi as a baby
We ALL are connected through NATURE!
We ALL are ONE!!