Gorillas In Her Midst: Dad Defends Letting Gorilla Play With Toddler (VIDEO)

Gorilla In Her Midst: Dad Defends Letting Gorilla Play With Toddler via Babble
The gorillas carried the toddler around like one of her own babies.

One of the most important aspects of owning a dog and raising children is teaching them both how to respect each other, which helps keep them safe.  With very young children, it’s the parents’ job to be vigilant and constantly supervising. Even under the best circumstances, a loving dog can snip at an unknowing toddler if he/she innocently pulls his ear or tail too hard.

There have been many instances of dogs biting children that were neither the dog nor the child’s fault, but the parents because they simply weren’t watching their kids. Leaving a dog and a toddler in a room together can be deadly because in the end, dogs are animals, even if they are domesticated as pets.

Can you imagine the raising your toddler alongside a gorilla? One family did just that and even let their 18-month-old toddler daughter play with the immense creature as she would with a brother or sister. The video is shocking parents who cannot even fathom seeing their child being picked up by a 300 -pound gorilla and carried around. But conservation activist and gorilla expert, Damian Aspinall maintains that what he did was completely safe and that by releasing the 22-year-old video, he is attempting to show how gentle gorillas really are.

More than two decades after the video was taken, Aspinall’s daughter is totally fine and was not hurt, but that doesn’t mean that parents should ever let a child interact with a wild animal, lest we forget the woman whose face was mauled off by a friend’s pet chimp.

Aspinall says he had not released the video earlier out of fear of criticism. He also says that if you are brought up and raised with gorillas as he and his children were, you are seen as part of the family group by the gorilla. As an expert, he was in a better position to gauge the situation, and unless you have that kind of background and training, you should never even consider allowing your child to get near any wild animal.

Aspinall places himself in harrowing situations. He reunited with a gorilla in the wild he hadn’t seen for five years in a video back in 2010, not knowing whether the gorilla would attack him, and calls it one of the greatest experiences of his life. He uses proceeds from the videos to raise money for his conservation group which helps gorillas live naturally in the wild.

See the video here, including little girl all grown up.

Image: YouTube


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