connectVideoSelfie with female orphaned gorillas goes viral
Selfie with female orphaned gorillas Ndakazi and Nthis is viral.De photo was taken in the Senkwekwe center at Virunga National Park in eastern Congo.
Two ‘brutal’ orphaned gorillas have posed for an incredible selfie with rangers in a national park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The remarkable picture on the Virunga National Park in eastern Congo has gone viral since it was posted on Facebook. “The photo was taken by Mathieu Shamavu a full-time ranger with the Virunga National Park,” a spokesman for the National Park, told Fox News, via e-mail. “The two orphaned gorillas in the photo are Ndakazi and These.”
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In the Facebook post, the organization explained that the gorillas were photographed in the Senkwekwe Centre for orphaned gorillas, which is located at the Park’s headquarters in Rumangabo. “We have received dozens of messages about the photo. YES, it really is!” the Park explained. “Gorilla girls are always acting rude so this was the perfect image of their true personalities! It is also no surprise to see that the girls on their two feet at most of the primates are comfortable to walk upright (bipedalism), for short bursts of time.”
The striking selfie underscores the close relationship between the large primates and the staff who care for them in the gorilla orphanage.
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“We want to emphasize that these gorillas are in a closed shelter for orphaned children which they have lived since infancy. The carer at the Senkwekwe with great care, not the health of the gorillas is in danger. These are exceptional circumstances in which the photo is taken. It is never permitted to approach a gorilla in the wild.”
Park rangers in Virunga have an extremely dangerous job. According to the Park website, 10 rangers have been killed since the beginning of 2018, the vast majority of the attendees were defending the Park against poachers. In April 2018, five rangers and a staff driver were killed in an ambush by poachers.
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A UNESCO World Heritage Site in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Virunga National Park describes itself as Africa’s oldest and most biologically diverse protected area.” In addition to the mountain gorillas, the Park is also home to a number of different primates, elephants, lions and 706 species of birds.
The Park hopes that the viral image drive support for its work. “The preservation of Virunga the beautiful nature is a constant challenge for the Park,” he said in the Facebook post.
Other animals selfies grabbed attention in the past few years. Earlier this year, for example, a snow leopard in the mountains of China became a viral sensation when it was discovered that a remote camera set selfies.
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Last year, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a monkey in Indonesia may not be the owner of the copyright of a well-known smiling selfie it took in 2011. Last month, a woman in Arizona was attacked by a jaguar when she jumped a barrier in Litchfield Park zoo, a selfie with the animal.
The Associated Press and Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia and Katherine Lamb contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers