Conservationist Damian Aspinall let his 18-month old girl play with a 300-pound gorilla and filmed it. That dangerous situation turned out to be kind of cute, actually.
The video, shot 22 years ago, was kept private because he feared a public backlash. Now that more than two decades have passed, the activist said that he wanted to release the video to show that gorillas can be very gentle creatures:
Aspinall has worked with and studied gorillas for decades and was therefore confident that his daughter would not be harmed. Still, more than a few people are criticizing the activist for the video of letting the gorilla carry and play with his toddler.
His defense? That the wild animals knew him so well, it wasn't even a concern:
“The reality is that I was brought up with gorillas and my family was brought up with gorillas ... if you’re accepted into the family then it really isn’t risky at all.”
His Aspinall Foundation works to return gorillas to the wild.