Sunday 15 September, 2019

Gorillas pose for selfie with park rangers

The photograph was taken by park ranger Mathieu Shamavu at the Virunga National Park in DR Congo.

The photograph was taken by park ranger Mathieu Shamavu at the Virunga National Park in DR Congo.

A photograph of two gorillas posing for a selfie has gone viral.

It was taken by park ranger Mathieu Shamavu at the Virunga National Park in DR Congo.

In a Facebook post, the Park said it had received dozens of messages about the photo.

It confirmed that the photo is real, that most primates are comfortable walking upright.

“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,” the Virunga National Park said.

It added that the animals are in an enclosed sanctuary for orphans and noted that it is never permitted to approach a gorilla in the wild.

“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.”

 

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