Reunion with Gorillas who were childhood companions turns Into a nostalgic occasion for her…
This is an amazing story of reunion of wildlife enthusiasts with gorillas they had cared for in the past decade. In the cases documented over the past years, it has been found that humans and gorillas have always had a positive relationship. Have fun reading about this beautiful account of animal-human relationship here.
1 A tale full of emotions
The two western lowland gorillas named Bimms and Djalta were being taken care of by Aspinall Foundation until the year 2003. They were living in Howletts Wild Animal Park and were released into the wild in 2003. These gorillas were released in the wild after it became clear that these could lead a normal life in the wild ambiance.
2 Reunion with Bimms and Djalta
It was in 2015 that Darmain Aspinall, the owner of Aspinall Foundation decided to return to the wild and look for gorillas which he had released in the wild in 2003. Darmain also took along his daughter Tansy with him so that she could also meet the pair of Bimms and Djalta.
Darmain was not sure if the pair of Bimms and Djalta would recognize him or Tansy as it had been 12 years since the pair was released into the wild. Darmain therefore ventured into the wild to Gabon in West Africa where the gorilla pair had been left in 2003.
3 What it meant for Darmain and his daughter?
Darmain had never expected that Bimms and Djalta could recognize him neither was he much sure if he would be able to locate the exact place where he left the gorillas. However, the journey proved to be an emotional affair for Darmain and he was indeed surprised to find the pair of Bimms and Djalta at Gabon.
The biggest surprise came for Darmain when he found both of them. Not only did Bimms and Djalta recognize him but hugged him with love and affection. This in itself is a testimony of the fact that gorillas have a strong sense of attachment and they recognize those people who had cared for them.
However, the story had more twist in its tail. Not only did Bimms and Djalta hug Darmain but they also looked for Tansy. The young girl who was initially scared of the gorillas got friendly with them during later hours and spent some quality time with the pair of Bimms and Djalta.
The gorilla pair on its part ensured that Tansy did not feel scared of them and hugged her with much affection and love. The story of this affection between man and wild animals once again shows that if an equitable balance is maintained among humans and animals, nature will reward us with experiences worth remembering.
4 Relation of gorilla and humans
Gorilla has always been genetically related to humans. There are many similarities in physical structure of gorilla and humans. Their hand and feet are much similar to human beings in comparison to any other wild animal. They spend a considerable time of their life on ground and can even walk similar to humans. This is a strong reason that they have physical similarity to humans.
However, not much research has been done on measuring their emotional quotient and its similarity to human beings. It is only with incidences like in case of Darmain that we are inclined to think of the emotional instinct of these apes which otherwise is not much thought about.
In this incident too, the pair of gorilla of Bimms and Djalta were not only able to recognize Darmain but also played affectionately with Tansy who was a small girl in 2003 when Bimms and Djalta were left out in the wild in West Africa.
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