A selfie taken by Mathieu Shamavu in Virunga National Park, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, with two gorillas who appear to be posing for the camera has gone viral.
Shamavu a ranger who works for the park’s anti-poaching unit, was at work when he snapped the photo with the hilarious primates as his co-worker Patrick Sadiki looked on in the background.
According to the park, by standing upright, the female gorillas [Ndakazi and Ndeze], are simply copying their caretakers.
On Monday, Virunga National Park shared the funny photo on their Instagram page to confirm that the “selfie encounter” was real. The image has generated more than 25,000 likes on the social media platform.
“Those gorilla gals are always acting cheeky so this was the perfect shot of their true personalities!” The park wrote on Instagram. “Also, it’s not a surprise to see these girls on their two feet either — most primates are comfortable walking upright (bipedalism) for short bursts of time.”
Both gorillas have been raised at the Senkwekwe Centre for Gorilla Orphans since they were two and four months old.
– Virunga National Park –
Virunga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Virunga is Africa’s most biologically diverse protected area and a national park.