A trip to the local zoo can be helpful. Not to me, but to our ancestor, the gorilla. A camera lens can also be worth its price in gold, when it comes to the health, welfare, and ending the suffering of an animal. Here is a close up photograph of the broken, rotting, infected, fang that I was able to capture when this birthday gorilla roared for some romaine lettuce. I didn't see the image until I returned home. I was pretty upset for I knew he had to be in intense pain. The gum next to the tooth was severely red and inflamed. I contacted my equine veterinarean who contacted the zoo. I hope that they were able to help him! So happy that I was there to capture this. I hope this 20 year old birthday boy is getting relief!
I wanted to capture the soul of this female gorilla. Her eyes spoke to me with sadness, and anger. As if to try to have me read her mind, she concentrated her gaze on me. The links in the fence outlined her eyes, and nose enhancing them. The twist of the wire over her mouth seemed to show how she has no voice. I wish that she could be free to be the animal in nature that she was born to be. Who will look away first? Not me. I was mesmerized.
The piercing eyes of this female gorilla in captivity produced some very strong emotions in me. Her hand clinging to the wire of the cage that keeps her from living the life she was meant to. There is definitely a huge soul in her. Her eyes, tell it all. Such an overwhelming sadness.