It was just “another day at the office” for a park ranger in the Democratic Republic of Congo, who recently snapped a selfie with two “posing” gorillas that went viral online.
Mathieu Shamavu, a park ranger at Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was at work when he snapped the photo with the hilarious primates and his co-worker, Patrick, the New York Daily Newsreported. Both female gorillas in the photo are named Ndakazi and Ndeze. They’ve resided at the Senkwekwe Centre for Gorilla Orphans since they were small, where they are cared for by many staff members.
On Monday, Virunga National Park shared the funny photo on their Instagram page to confirm that the “selfie encounter” was real. The image has generated more than 25,000 likes on the social media platform.
“Those gorilla gals are always acting cheeky so this was the perfect shot of their true personalities!” The park wrote on Instagram. “Also, it’s not a surprise to see these girls on their two feet either — most primates are comfortable walking upright (bipedalism) for short bursts of time.”
On April 18, The Elite AntiPoaching Units and Combat Trackers also posted the photo on Facebook with the caption, “Another day at the office.” The photo has been shared by 21,000 Facebook users and has received 16,000 likes so far.
According to the park, the gorillas copy caretakers that they see standing upright. Additionally, the park said that the photo was a result of “exceptional circumstances” and that it’s never a good idea to approach gorillas in their natural habitats.
The photo was also timely with Earth Day: According to the park’s website, every donation up to $25,000 would be matched on Monday, April 22. Donations will be accepted on the park’s website.