Multi-millionaire and wildlife conservationist Damian Aspinall spent 12 years raising two gorillas, Djalta and Ima, before releasing them back into the wild.
For Damian, raising and caring for Djalta and Ima was like having children of his own, so releasing them into the jungle was one of the toughest decisions he’s ever had to make.
They say the bond between animals and their caretakers is unbreakable—and nobody knows that better than Damian.
So, when he finally got married to the love of his life, Victoria, six years later, Damian knew it was time to introduce her to Djalta and Ima.
Though Victoria couldn’t wait to meet the pair, unlike her husband, she hadn’t had any experience in raising wild animals.
Before leaving on their trip, Damian also started getting nervous that his two oldest friends might not even recognize him when they finally arrived.
Still, after traveling in crocodile-infested waters through the dense jungle, Damian was finally reunited with Djalta and Ima.
Much to everybody’s delight, the gorillas recognized Damian immediately and welcomed him back into their community with open arms.
But what about Victoria? While Damian suspected that his two old friends would likely recognize him as their loving caretaker, they had never actually met his wife before.
Take a look at the video below to see their incredible first meeting!
Video Credit: The Aspinall Foundation via YouTube.com
Needless to say, Djalta and Ima absolutely approved of Damian’s new bride—and the feelings were clearly mutual.
Damian Aspinall currently runs a foundation that not only helps to protect wildlife, but also helps rehabilitate neglected, orphaned, or abused gorillas.
After working with these traumatized gorillas, Damian and other conservationists return the animals back into the jungle.
Shortly after meeting Djalta and Ima, Victoria opened up about being accepted into her husband’s wild world.
“People joke it was some kind of test,” Victoria explained to The Daily Mail of meeting the two gorillas.
As for the pair’s relationship, Victoria explained that she and her husband, who is 27 years her senior, first bonded over their love of animals and music.
“That was part of the attraction of D, that he is so musical,” Victoria, who plays the cello, revealed. “But I was surprised that I’d fallen for someone older than me – I’d never dated anyone older before. Introducing him to my parents was a bit intimidating because of his age, but they absolutely loved him and my friends loved him. And, in any case, he always jokes now that I am much more mature than he is. I’m the serious one. He is the big kid.”