It’s been five years since conservationist Damian Aspinall has seen Kwibi, a lowland gorilla he helped raise in captivity before releasing him back into the wild. But when Aspinall decided to venture into the jungles of Gabon, Kwibi’s new home, no one could have expected what would happen next.
This clip, which aired earlier this month on the program Gorilla School, maybe one of the most moving encounters between primate and man ever caught on film–which only goes to show that despite our differences, we may have more in common than we ever imagined.
The clip, which has been viewed over 500 thousand times since being posted on YouTube earlier this month, clearly strikes a chord in people and for good reason. Like a similar reunions caught on film, such as the one in which Christian the lion reunites with the men who raised him, the emotions expressed on both sides are so palpable that for a moment whatever abstract line that separates the animal and human world is blurred.