Some gorillas at the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo appear to be born for the red carpet as they have posed for some breathtaking selfies with their guardians – the park’s tireless squad of anti-poaching rangers, UNILAD’s Emily Brown reports.
While humans and apes are very closely related, but some of the poses these gorillas are pulling are just hilarious.
It’s all too easy to see them as part of a girls’ band captured on Instagram.
The genuinely funny snaps were first shared on the Facebook page for The Elite Anti-Poaching Units And Combat Trackers.
Virunga, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is also Africa’s oldest national park. It is home to a small population of critically endangered mountain gorillas, whose well-being is guarded by over 600 rangers. Some of them, it appears, have become quite close with their furry friends.
The two gorillas, reportedly going by the names of Ndakasi and Matabishi, seem very much at ease in front of the camera, even though one of them wasn’t caught at the most flattering angle.
The one at the back looks more prepared, though. The other one was eager to join in for the ‘family portrait’ and really nailed that angle.
Given the abundance of gorilla pictures posted on Virunga’s Facebook page very day, it’s clear the animals are used to being photographed.
But one particular gorilla looked like it’d reached the end the its tether when it was her turn to appear before the camera. The ape looks just like a grumpy dad, standing around with his hands in his pockets while his son snaps a selfie and his daughter pops her head in, unable to resist the photo-op.
That particular photo, dubbed ”Another day at the office…” took the web by storm and has been shared wll over nine thousand times so far on different social media.
The reactions to the touching photos speak for themselves:
It must be amazing to spend every day surrounded by such amazing creatures!”” one user wrote.
“Simply stunning photo. Thank you for sharing & proving we can all live peacefully together” another one joined it.
“Love this! They know you are protectors. Thank you for your work.” a third one added.
For many, the pictures illustrate very well the strong bond that exists between the gorillas and the rangers guarding them:
“It’s brilliant to see the rangers and gorillas hanging out so naturally together – all animals should be treated with the same kind of respect.”