I have a confession to make. I have a secret love. Most people who know me, know of my strong love of the animal kingdom. I usually prefer animals to most people. But I had forgotten one creature who makes my heart ache: the Silverback Gorilla.
I read and watched “Gorillas in the Mist”. And wept. I have only seen the movie once, it’s too painful for me to watch again. Not the majority of it; just the poaching and of course, the ending. Where Digit and Dian both are killed.
I have told friends and family more than once; if you want to see me get angry enough to hurt or kill? Show me animal abuse.
I actually have a degree in Veterinary Technology from the Bel-Rea Institute here in Denver. I tried working in the field but I found the majority of pet owners to be stupid. And those who want to change an animals appearance for show? Grrrrr……
Don’t even get me started on those who use animals for torture. My opinion is let the punishment fit the crime. You put a firecracker up some cats butt? Well, guess what Princess; your punishment will be the same.
I would be in jail within a year.
Gorillas though. Wow. I look into their eyes and see such depth. There’s a soul and it makes me feel something I cannot describe. Just because they don’t speak like we do doesn’t mean they aren’t wicked smart and acutely aware.
The last time I went to the zoo, I spent a lot of time in the Gorilla exhibit. I sat there and watched. One actually came over to the window and we made eye contact for a long time. That’s when I realized that there was so much more going on in that mind then we know.
I fell in love.
A bucket list item for me would be to go on a trek to see them in the wild. I would need to be in much better shape and lots of money would also be necessary. I have to wonder though; Would I be able to come back here to my normal life if I actually got to be around them without a glass wall between us? Or would I become like Dian Fossey and live my life fighting for these fellow creatures?
I don’t know the answer to that. But I do know that I need to do something with this love. Even if it’s just doing the donation and newsletter thing. I think I will try and give some money to the Ellen DeGeneres Center that will be built. Her wife gave her that gift for her birthday because Ellen feels the way I do about Gorillas and Dian.
I’m ok being in love with and sharing my Gorillas with Ellen. I think she would be okay with it too. Look into those eyes and let yourself be carried away.
PS: Am reading the new book by John Fowler called “A forest in the clouds- my year among the mountain gorillas in the remote enclave of Dian Fossey”. I highly recommend it if you are also in love with these magnificent creatures.