Yakini, 14 years later


Yakini, 14 years later

I know I linked to this photo on the last post, but I just had to go ahead and post it front-and-center. This is how much of a sap I am: when this photo loaded and I saw it for the first time, I practically teared up because I was so excited to be able to recognize Yakini from his baby stethoscope pictures. We rarely think about how animals have unique looks. They are all “just gorillas” or “just cats” or “just _______.” I think it is good to remember that they are individual creatures with their own looks/thoughts/needs. This led me to think about the deep connection people can make with the animals that they work with one-on-one, and how attached I feel immediately after meeting any animal, let alone after handling and working with them for any stretch of time. This is exactly why I can’t be a veterinarian, but also exactly why I need to work with animals in some capacity.

Thanks to the Herald Sun for providing an update on the (once) tiny gorilla that is still stealing hearts fourteen years later!

What do you think? Is each animal unique? Is it possible to establish a connection with them?


Cold Stethoscope


Cold Stethoscope

This is the photo that brings me total joy every time I look at it, no matter how stressed I am. It is tiny, captured moments such as this that give me my drive to work with animals.

This is Yakini, a newborn gorilla, getting a checkup from Royal Children’s Hospital neonatal specialist Neil Campbell at the Melbourne Zoo in Australia. This photo was taken in 1999 by David Caird. Click the photo for the story from the Herald Sun.

I would love to get my hands on Caird’s collection of photos from this day.

What are the “little things” that keep you motivated?