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Friday
Oct262012

Malala Yousufzai Has Tearful Family Reunion in British Hospital

University Hospital Birmingham(BIRMINGHAM, England) -- Malala Yousufzai had a tearful reunion with her family Friday in a British hospital where she is recuperating from her attempted assassination by the Taliban.

"My daughter is my companion," her father Ziauddin Yousufzai said Friday in Birmingham, England. "I love her. ...There were tears in our eyes when we first saw her. It was tears of happiness."

Ziauddin Yousufzai got choked up as he acknowledged that the family had drawn up funeral plans for Malala Yousufzai, an outspoken advocate for girls education shot point blank by a gunman in northern Pakistan's Swat Valley as she rode a school bus home Oct. 9. Two other girls were injured in the shooting.

Ziauddin Yousufzai, who traveled from Pakistan to England with Malala Yousufzai's mother and two brothers to visit the teen for the first time since the shooting, called his daughter's survival a "miracle."

Malala Yousufza, 15, is reportedly speaking and making remarkable progress at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where she was taken after the shooting.

Although she will need her skull reconstructed, a process that will take months, Malala Yousufzai has no signs of brain damage and is expected to make a full recovery, doctors have said.

One of the bullets that hit her grazed her skull, chipping the bone but not penetrating her brain.

Friday Ziauddin Yousufzai thanked the world for "supporting the cause for which she stands: peace and education." He called her shooter "an agent of Satan -- but I found angels on my side."

"When she fell, Pakistan stood. And this is a turning point," he said. "She will rise again, she will stand again. She can stand now."

Ziauddin Yousufzai runs the school that his daughter attended and has vowed to return to Pakistan with her, even though the Taliban has said it would continue to target her.

Malala Yousufzai first spoke out for girls' education in 2009, when she was 11 years old.

The Taliban had taken over most of the Swat Valley, blowing up schools and preventing girls from getting an education. Thousands of girls' schools were destroyed and girls who attempted to study feared getting kidnapped or attacked with acid.

 

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Thursday
Aug162012

Gorilla Brothers' Heartfelt Reunion Captured on Camera

File photo. Hemera/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Family blood runs deep, even when you’re a gorilla, as the joyful reunion of two gorilla brothers at a safari park in London proves true.

The brothers – Kesho, 13, and younger brother, Alf, 9 – had not seen each other for two years after being separated in 2010 so that Kesho, a silverback gorilla, could be part of a breeding program at the London Zoo, the BBC reports.

When Kesho proved to be infertile, the brothers were given a second chance to live together.

Both gorillas were sent to the Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire, England, to live in the park’s new nearly $5 million gorilla enclosure built to house the over-population of males in the breeding program.

[ VIEW SLIDESHOW: Gorilla Brothers' Heartfelt Reunion Captured on Camera ]

Their reunion, all captured on camera, was one for the family record books.  Kesho and Alf put on a display of hugs, shoulder slaps, squeezes and general all-out affection once they saw each other.

“They were touching each other through the cage that temporarily separated them,” Longleat zookeeper Mark Tye said, according to the UK’s Daily Mail.  “We put them together 24 hours later and it was like they had never been apart.”

“They were very animated and there was a lot of rough and tumble on the floor, but not in an aggressive way,” he said.  “It is quite unusual to see that sort of childlike behavior in a silverback.”

Not even an extra 200 pounds on Kesho, gained during his reproductive duties, could throw Alf from recognizing his brother.

“The keepers from Dublin weren’t entirely sure the brothers would even know each other, but the moment they met you could just see the recognition in their eyes,” Tye said.

Though not captured on camera, the brothers had another reunion as well. Also joining them at their new home is their younger brother, six-year-old Evindi, according to the BBC.

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