Selfies might have been invented for humans. But not anymore, these pictures will tell you that gorillas are our selfie competitors.
Obsessed with selfies, we humans spare no chance to take the perfect selfie. Posing in random locations in different styles and looks, we can't get enough of them. But who would have thought gorillas, too, enjoyed posing for selfies! The photos of two gorillas posing like humans with a ranger have taken over the internet.
Two gorillas at the Virunga National Park surprised the internet with their extraordinary human-like poses in a selfie with anti-poaching rangers. The photo, which went viral shows the two apes standing upright with their human buddies, according to Daily Mail. The picture titled "another day at the office" received an overwhelming response of 30 thousand likes and 23 thousand shares on Facebook at the time of writing.
Another photo captioned "family time" shows one of the rangers, Patrick Sadiki cuddling two gorillas. People who couldn't believe the uncanny resemblance of these orphan gorillas with humans flooded the photos with comments, likes, and shares.
One commenter said," Wow, that is an awesome office you've got there. Stay safe and thank you for the amazing work you do," while another one said, "What a great photo! I had never seen the Gorillas standing tall like this before."
Answering the dumbstruck social media crowd, the park authorities put out a post on Instagram saying," 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," quoted CBS News.
The park deputy director, Innocent Mburanumwe told the BBC that the two gorillas who had lost their mother in 2007 viewed the caretakers as parents. Over time, the gorillas had become so accustomed to their caretakers that they learned to imitate them.
"I was very surprised to see it... so it's very funny. It's very curious to see how a gorilla can imitate a human and stand up," said Mburanumwe, according to CBS News.
The Virunga National Park in Congo is dedicated to protecting endangered mountain gorillas. According to the park's official website, around one-third of the world's endangered mountain gorillas reside in the park that stretches across the eastern part of Congo. The website also says that the park has been affected by the war and armed conflict in the country. However, they have 600 rangers who risk their lives to conserve and care for these endangered gorillas.
"These local men and women go through intensive training, risking their lives on a daily basis to safeguard the park's exceptional wildlife, including the last of the world's critically endangered mountain gorillas," states the website.
The park had revealed the deaths of two of its rangers last month through its Facebook page. While one man died from the injuries of a hippo attack another man died while protecting the park from an attack. The park has lost about 179 rangers in the line of duty. On account of the viral selfies, the park officials said that the photos were captured under "exceptional circumstances." They also warned tourists against recreating the selfies.
"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. It is never permitted to approach a gorilla in the wild," they wrote quoted Aol.com.