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(VIDEO) 18-Month-Old Baby Plays With Gorillas In Controversial Video

(VIDEO) 18-Month-Old Baby Plays With Gorillas In Controversial Video

British conservation activist and gorilla expert Damian Aspinall has sparked a controversy after uploading a 22-year-old video of his (then) 18-month-old daughter playing with a massive 300-pound gorilla. In the video, the little girl can be seen interacting with gorillas inside their cage.

Aspinall's goal was to show the world the softer side of gorillas and to raise money for conservation efforts. His daughter, now 22, says her dad would never put her in danger.

Watch the video below and see Aspinall's daughter's interview on Good Morning America at (ABC News)>>

 

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DebbieBlack62143 DebbieBlack62143 3 years
Beautiful :-)
Claire65208 Claire65208 3 years
Having experience with researching wild gorillas and my own wild animals (three kids lol) I have to say: 1: The gorillas seem to be comfortable with the interaction, I doubt this was the first time! 2: When the child pats her head, the female didn't even flinch, in fact she angles her head toward the child, for more patting. The female has identified with the human and appreciated her ineffectual scratching. This is EXTREMELY rare for an animal- look at how your domestic animal reacts to a pat while eating, then judge this section. Even try it with your husband, lol. 3: The female holds the toddler like her own child would be carried. I'd say the child whinged, and the female releases her so she can walk by herself. The gorilla CARES for her wants. Finally, to answer a previous post, YES, I'D LET MY TODDLERS IN WITH THESE GORILLAS. But I'd provide the gorillas with sound protection, body armour and valium, PRN! lol
DanylleChalcraft DanylleChalcraft 3 years
I think this is a beautiful little film. As a child I would have loved to be with gorillas. I don't think that the dad put his daughter in a dangerous position. These are gorillas, not chimpaneze, they are know to be very gentle and nuturing.
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