Congo: Ranger poses with the slickest gorillas in hilarious selfie

Two gorillas pose for selfies with anti-poaching officers

The two primates named Ndakasi and Matabishi live in Virunga National Park, a conservation area in the Democratic Republic of Congo which is protected by 600 rangers.

The gorillas have lived in an enclosed sanctuary for orphans since they were infants.

Shamavu posted the photo on Saturday, with one Facebook user writing: "Such a fantastic photo!"

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Because they've grown up with the rangers who rescued them, Mr Mburanumwe added, "they are imitating the humans" - and standing on two legs is their way of "learning to be human beings". "These are exceptional circumstances in which the photo was taken", the post reads.

A pair of mountain gorillas, some of the most endangered creatures on Earth, have been snapped in an uncannily human pose in a selfie with rangers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. "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", the Virunga National Park said.

The park revealed earlier this month on their Facebook page that two of their rangers had died due to the "force of nature", as they put it.

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On Monday, Virunga National Park shared the amusing photo on their Instagram page to confirm that the "selfie encounter" was real. (Courtesy: Caters News Agency) It tells the story of four characters fighting to protect the park and its inhabitants - the world's last mountain gorillas - from a war fueled by internationally backed oil exploration.

Congolese militia killed a ranger who was protecting two British tourists who travelled to see the rare gorillas - proving the final straw for park authorities. For instance, she said, a western lowland silverback gorilla may stand up and beat his chest in a show of aggression toward another male.

However, the work at the park is not all fun and games.

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