## Saturday, April 27, 2019

### Selfie with cheeky 'posing' gorillas

Source Website: https://www.straitstimes.com/world/americas/selfie-with-cheeky-posing-gorillas-is-real-says-congo-national-park
By Goh Yan Han, The Straits Times, 24 April 2019 at 11:44 pm SGT

PHOTO: Two gorillas were captured in a selfie that made the rounds on the Internet.
PHOTO: Mathieu Shamavu,Virunga National Park / Facebook
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A funny selfie of two caretakers with two "posing" gorillas made the rounds on the Internet when it was first posted online last week, with many questioning if the selfie was real.

Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo posted on Facebook on Monday (April 22) to confirm the selfie's authenticity.

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

PHOTO: Orphaned gorillas wow onlookers as they embrace their keeper with loving hugs
The orphaned mountain gorillas could not hide their affection for keeper Andre Bauma. Females Ndakasi and Ndeze, and male Matabishi enveloped him in cuddles and even playfully climbed up for a piggy-back.
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PHOTO: Gorilla hugs keeper trying to protect her in the Congolese rain forest
This gorilla certainly found a keeper when she wrapped her arms around Andre the park ranger. Young gorilla Ndazi shared a big hug with Andre before jumping on him for a piggyback.
Andre is employed as one of the keepers at Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where he looks after animals at risk of losing their habitat.
Picture posted by Jordan Barnes For Mailonline on 8 June 2018 at 13:12 BST - The park ranger is seen laughing as he is given a warm and friendly hug by young gorilla Ndazi

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PHOTO: Andre is only too happy to be hugged by Ndazi
Not only do they have a very close bond, forged over ten years in the case of the females, but Andre effectively acts as the alpha male of the group, monitoring behaviour and admonishing when necessary – a role which cannot be easy given the superior strength of his charges.
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PHOTO: The playful pair share a moment
Mountain gorillas are a critically endangered species with an estimated 880 left in existence, according to WWF, although that number is increasing. Just over half of those live in the Virunga Mountains, a range of extinct volcanoes that border the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda.
Picture posted by Jordan Barnes For Mailonline on 8 June 2018 at 13:12 BST

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The selfie was taken at the Senkwekwe sanctuary at the national park, featuring two female orphaned gorillas named Ndakazi and Ndeze and their caretakers Mathieu and Patrick.

It was first uploaded on The Elite AntiPoaching Units and Combat Trackers Facebook page last Thursday and credited ranger Mathieu Shamavu for the photo.

The post has since been shared more than 23,000 times and has more than 30,000 reactions.

The park said in its post that it is not surprising to see the gorillas standing on two feet as most primates are comfortable walking upright for short bursts of time.

PHOTO: You might have recently seen caretakers Mathieu and Patrick’s amazing selfie with female orphaned gorillas Ndakazi and Ndeze inside the Senkwekwe center at Virunga National Park. We’ve received dozens of messages about the photo. YES, it’s real! 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.

Guys, if you shared our gorilla selfie post, please share our Earth Day posts as well! Conserving Virunga’s amazing wildlife is a constant challenge for the Park and our work wouldn’t be possible without your support. Matching funds have been pledged on every donation to the Park today, up to a total of $25,000—giving us the opportunity to raise$50,000 for Virunga! Visit virunga.org/donate to get involved and keep sharing our posts! Thank you!

*We want to emphasize that these gorillas are in an enclosed sanctuary for orphans to which they have lived since infancy. 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
Posted by Virunga National Park on 22 April 2019 at 03:58

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The park's deputy director said that the animals had learned to imitate their carers, who had looked after them since they were found, reported BBC.

The gorillas' mothers were both killed in July 2007, when the gorillas were four months old and two years old at the time. They were found shortly afterwards and taken to the sanctuary, where they have lived since, said BBC.

The park's Facebook post emphasised that the photo was taken under exceptional circumstances, as approaching gorillas in the wild is not permitted.

PHOTO: An endangered mountain Silverback Gorilla plays in the forest on Sept. 30, 2006 in the Virunga National Park outside Goma, DRC. Two gorillas at the park have taken the internet by storm with their amusing posing on two feet in a photograph with park rangers.
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The two gorillas were in an enclosed sanctuary that they have been living in since infancy, and the caretakers take care not to put the health of the gorillas in danger, said the park, a Unesco world heritage site.

It also took the opportunity to share more about its fundraiser, where donations would allow them to continue to conserve Virunga's wildlife.

PHOTO: This undated photograph obtained June 21, 2018, shows the gorilla Koko and her lifelong teacher and friend Dr. Penny Patterson.
Through work with psychologist Francine “Penny” Patterson, Koko appeared to learn an adapted version of American Sign Language dubbed
Gorilla Sign Language,or GSL. However, scientists have long debated to what extent the gorilla understood that language.
De Waal said the reason gorillas imitate human behavior is
not because they think it is fun” but because “they identify with those who take care of them.
Apes are naturally imitative (hence the verb aping) and a parent is imitated more than others. Imitation is often driven by attachment,” he added.
Photo from The Gorilla Foundation / Handout
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PHOTO: Easy, breezy, beautiful. That's how actress-turned-film director Joanne Peh describes her go-to look. From far it would look like that she has nothing on (make-up). Back to nature.
Picture posted by Melissa Chew, Her World on 14 March 2019

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PHOTO: The actress-turned-film director shares how she keeps her makeup looking au naturale and fresh all day - even in our humidity. Jungle habitat.
Picture posted by Melissa Chew, Her World on 14 March 2019

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PHOTO: Thicc Thanos (Avengers Infinity War)
Leviathan (the sea-monster):
"Nothing on earth is its equal - a creature without fear. It looks down on all that are haughty; it is king over all that are proud." (Job 41:33-34). It is futile to question God, who alone has created these beings and who alone can capture them.
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PHOTO: Thicc Thanos (Avengers Infinity War)
Behemoth (huge biblical beast; Dinosaur, hippopotamus):
"Look at Behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox. What strength it has in its loins, what power in the muscles of its belly! Its tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of its thighs are lose-knit. Its bones are tubes of bronze, its limbs like rods of iron." (Job 40:15-18).
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