Man Bred Huge Gorilla for Six Years and Then Marries. In Spite Of Caution His Wife Approaches the Animal

16 Years ago multi-millionaire and wildlife conservationist Damian Aspinall 57 bred two gorillas from babies till they were 12 years old. He named them Ima and Djalta and released them into the wild.  After four years he decided to pay them a visit in 2017 but he wasn’t alone. He had a guest with them and wanted to introduce her to his gorilla friends. The woman was none other than his wife Victoria whom he married in 2016. What transpired was beyond expectations.

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1Mr Aspinall (left), 57, and Mrs Aspinall (right), married last year

The couple who journeyed to Central Africa to meet Ima the Gorilla and his cousin Djalta were married last year.  For Damian, he was just meeting two of his babies whim he bred for several years, but he was taking a chance on Victoria and didn’t know how they would react.

Mr Aspinall with wife
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2He never realized how touching the encounter would be

When Damian Aspinall thought of introducing his new wife to his old animal friends, he never realized that he would have to be careful of one of them trying to steal her away from him. It was funny considering that they were huge gorillas.  It was now time to meet the two gorillas that he took care of for 16 years. It was time to meet then in their own habitat.

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He never realized how touching the encounter would be
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3They travelled by boat up the Mpassa river

Damian took Victoria along thinking he would introduce her to the two gorillas that were close to his heart. They had to move cautiously and travelled through waters infested with crocodiles. They finally reached the spot where the apes were living in their new home. The gorillas that were western lowland species loved their new surroundings and were never too keen on strangers encroaching into their territory. The couple had to locate the gorillas with a drone.

They travelled by boat up the Mpassa river
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4Such species don’t take too kindly to strangers

The couple travelled by boat through the Mpassa River to the lush forests of Gabon in Central Africa. When they met up with Ima, they found him to be a 20 stone massive giant of a gorilla. He could have killed Victoria with a single blow. But, what he did stole her heart instead. Incidentally, Ima was released into the wild when he was 12 years old.

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Such species dont take too kindly to strangers
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