Born in Africa to French wildlife photographer parents, Tippi Degré had a most unusual childhood. The young girl grew up in the African desert and developed an uncommon bond with many untamed animals including a 28-year old African elephant named Abu, a leopard nicknamed J&B, lion cubs, giraffes, an Ostrich, a mongoose, crocodiles, a baby zebra, a cheetah, giant bullfrogs, and even a snake. Africa was her home for many years and Tippi became friends with the ferocious animals and tribespeople of Namibia. As a young child, the French girl said, “I don’t have friends here. Because I never see children. So the animals are my friends.”

This is the best thing that exists.

Not her specific story,

per se,

but children,

and animals,

and their ability to just glow with love,

across species.


(via impossibledreamer42)

two things:

1) I’m kind of on a Florence and the Machine kick, don’t mind me

2) If you ever have the desire to imagine me dancing around my house when no one’s home just picture Florence in this video…except me…and not in one of her amazingly eccentric outfits…