You’ll laugh out loud over these two gorillas posing for a selfie
Credit: Virunga National Park Facebook

You’ll laugh out loud over these two gorillas posing for a selfie

VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK — You know you’re taking too many selfies when gorillas start imitating your poses.

That’s right, gorillas, two in particular at Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo who were recently snapped posing for a selfie with the rangers who rescued them as babies.

The photo, which features ranger Mathieu Shamavu in the foreground and two good-natured gorillas casually posing behind him, was originally posted on The Elite AntiPoaching Units and Combat Trackers’ Facebook page on April 18 and has since been shared over 1,000 times.

“Those gorilla gals are always acting cheeky so this was the perfect shot of their true personalities!” the post reads.

Those ‘gals’, named Ndakazi and Ndeze, have been living at Senkwekwe Sanctuary in Virunga National Park since infancy. According to BBC, which spoke with Virunga’s deputy director Innocent Mburanumwe, the gorillas’ mothers were both killed in July 2007.

Having grown up with the park’s rangers, Mburanumwe said that the two gorillas “are imitating the humans” and that by standing on two legs they’re “learning to be human beings”.

He was quick to add that this human-like behaviour “doesn’t happen normally”, which is why when he first saw the photo he thought it was very funny. “It’s very curious to see how a gorilla can imitate a human and stand up,” he said.

The Facebook post also added a cautionary plea for visitors to never approach a gorilla in the wild. “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,” the post reads.