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Park Ranger’s Selfie With Gorillas Posing Like Humans Goes Viral

By Leah Freeman-Haskin

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The internet is going crazy for two gorillas that were apparently posing for social media with their park rangers. The viral image, which has been shared over 20,000 times, was taken at Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The image was captioned “Another day at the office…” by park ranger Mathieu Shamavu who works in the park’s anti-poaching unit and is one of the men responsible for rescuing the gorillas when they were babies.

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You might have recently seen caretakers Mathieu and Patrick’s amazing selfie with female orphaned gorillas Ndakazi and Ndeze inside the Senkwekwe center at Virunga National Park. We’ve received dozens of messages about the photo. YES, it’s real! Those gorilla gals are always acting cheeky so this was the perfect shot of their true personalities! Also, it’s no surprise to see these girls on their two feet either—most primates are comfortable walking upright (bipedalism) for short bursts of time. Guys, if you shared our gorilla selfie post, please share our Earth Day posts as well! Conserving Virunga’s amazing wildlife is a constant challenge for the Park and our work wouldn’t be possible without your support. Matching funds have been pledged on every donation to the Park today, up to a total of $25,000—giving us the opportunity to raise $50,000 for Virunga! Visit virunga.org/donate or click the link in our bio to get involved and keep sharing our posts! Thank you! *We want to emphasize that these gorillas are in an enclosed sanctuary for orphans to which they have lived since infancy. The caretakers at Senkwekwe take great care to not put the health of the gorillas in danger. These are exceptional circumstances in which the photo was taken. It is never permitted to approach a gorilla in the wild. #gorillaselfie #gorilla #mountaingorilla #mountaingorillaselfie #selfie #earthday #earthday2019 #virunga #virunganationalpark #congo #drcongo #rdc #drc #protecttheplanet #happyearthday #wildlife #wildlifeconservation #conservation #natureconservation

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The two female gorillas, Ndakazi and Ndeze, appear to be proudly posing in a very human-like way and mimicking human behavior — both remarkable and mesmerizing.

“Those gorilla gals are always acting cheeky so this was the perfect shot of their true personalities,” Virunga National Park wrote on Instagram. “Also, it’s no surprise to see these girls on their two feet either — most primates are comfortable walking upright (bipedalism) for short bursts of time.”

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According to CNN, the park, which stretches along the northeast region of the country, is home to 22 primate species, including three great apes and over 600 rangers.

A Virunga National Park spokesperson said the photo happened under “exceptional circumstances,” reminding people that “it is never permitted to approach a gorilla in the wild.”

By the looks of it, it may be time for Ndakazi and Ndeze to get an Instagram account of their own. 

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