Shortcut to Empathy: this Photo.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Aug 7, 2012
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Cute Alert!

Cuteness can be profound stuff. It can lead us to learn and care about more than ourselves and our own happiness. And that’s how the world keeps spinning ’round.

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“A newborn baby gorilla at Melbourne Zoo gets a checkup at the hospital and shows surprise at the coldness of the stethoscope.”

Dian Fossey, legend, lived with Gorillas for 20 plus years. She was killed…by a human:

“Dr. Dian Fossey spent 14 years in the Virunga Mountains of Rwanda Studying the huge primates where after a number of years she was accepted by one of the gorilla family groups and treated as a member. After an absence of 3 years, she returns to visit her beloved gorillas to find out if they still remember and accept her.”

More cuteness:

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Photo: youtube

Bonus: curious how gorillas maintain their large muscle mass on a diet that is almost 70% fruit, and 20% leaves? < Read the comments.

Also, via Huff Post: “Gorillas Seen Destroying and Dismantling Poachers’ Snares In Rwanda.”


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


6 Responses to “Shortcut to Empathy: this Photo.”

  1. karlsaliter says:


  2. justpassingby says:

    umm, you do know that's not Diane Fossey right? seems like a weird mistake either way….

  3. Angela says:

    The tiny baby gorilla in the video is one of the cutest living things I have ever seen. Watching Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom was a tradition in my family. A blast from the past.

  4. elephantjournal says:

    Thanks! There's a video with Dian, no "e", below the movie, starring SW, which is about her and the Gorillas in the Mist!

  5. Ton Griffin says:

    Haha …you post a picture of Sygorney Weaver play Dian Fossey… Classic. Can’t wait to see your post about Abe Lincoln and picturing Daniel Day Lewis…