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Gorillas pose with anti-poaching ranger

Matabishi and Ndakasi are a couple of gorillas that posed for a selfie or two with some anti-poaching rangers. Imagine their surprise when they became an online sensation the moment their selfies were shared on Facebook! Well, they would be surprised, if they knew. Or even understood. Jokes apart, it’s astonishing how they were able to imitate humans to that extent!

The Virunga National Park in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo houses these astoundingly photogenic gorillas. Some people find it difficult to pose properly for a pic, or just can’t pose at all. But these gorillas sure do know how to!

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979, Virunga is Africa’s oldest national park. It was established in 1925 primarily with a view to protecting the mountain gorillas that had been living in the forests of the Virunga Massif. At present, the 3,000-square-mile national park is home to not only 1,133 species of exceptional wildlife and biodiversity, but also some of the last endangered mountain gorillas remaining in the world.

And these gorillas seem to have formed quite a strong bond with the park’s rangers.  Over 600 in number, the rangers are duty-bound to protect the park and its inhabitants from illegal activities like poaching. Indeed, their ties with these primates are so strong and secure, that they don’t think twice before calling the gorillas their ‘family’!

In the selfies, both Matabishi and Ndakasi seem chilled out like it’s just another regular day at the park. Judging from their poses, they must be used to having their photos taken, with one of them looking like it’s always wearing a smile on its face just for the pics.

Another photo shows one of the gorillas highlighting its ‘figure’ by standing sideways and straight. From behind the ranger taking the selfie, the second gorilla can be seen peeping out, resembling a human being bending and posing with his or her hands on the thighs. Captioned “another day at the office”, this groupfie is hilarious and rare enough to be designated as a masterpiece. Truly, if the rangers get to spend almost every day amidst nature with such amazing creatures, their ‘office’ and work are to be nothing but envied. And with more than 9,000 shares on Facebook, there’s no doubt that it really is a gem of a photo!

This particular selfie, shared on the Facebook page of the Elite Anti-poaching Units and Combat Trackers, also took the world by storm when it was shown more than once on BBC World News. Social media channels like Facebook and Reddit were flooded with love and respect for both the gorillas as well as the rangers. Hundreds of Facebook users have praised the rangers for their endless contribution to the protection of these gorillas and other animals against poaching and bad corporations. Some commenters even went so far as to hope that this photo gets featured as the Picture of the Year. Others thanked the rangers for proving that all beings on earth can live together peacefully.


Gorillas pose with anti-poaching ranger Gorillas pose with anti-poaching ranger Reviewed by Tim on May 13, 2019 Rating: 5

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