We knew that gorillas are able to mimic the behavior of humans, but the recent viral photo showing a pair of gorillas posing for a selfie is really something else.
Mathieu Shamavu, the member of an anti-poaching unit in Virunga National Park in DR Congo, wanted to take a selfie with two mountain gorillas, Ndakazi and Ndeze, he takes care of after they became orphans. He, however, didn’t expect that these magnificent animals will buy into it and strike an awesome pose contributing to an amazing photo.
Although some internet users expressed their doubt about the authenticity of the photo, an official Instagram profile of Virunga National Park confirmed that the selfie was real.
“We’ve received dozens of messages about the photo. YES, it’s real! “– they wrote in the caption to the selfie. “Those gorilla gals are always acting cheeky so this was the perfect shot of their true personalities!” 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.”
If you liked this selfie, you will probably enjoy some more photos of gorillas from Virunga National Park below.