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An anti-poaching ranger in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has described his striking selfie with a pair of endangered mountain gorillas as "just another day in the office".

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-21/gorillas-pose-for-selfie-with-anti-poaching-officers-in-the-dem/11034162

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https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?

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The gorillas look like they are standing there, bored shirtless, with their hands in their pockets!

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I've already seen that picture posted a number of times on the Internet. However, I was sure that it was humans in gorilla costume. I'm a bit surprised to here read that they are actual gorillas, I'm not sure that I completely believe it.

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2 hours ago, acute said:

The gorillas look like they are standing there, bored shirtless, with their hands in their pockets!

lol I was just going to say, they all look super bored. That might be the 10th try for a good selfie and the gorillas just annoyed at this point. 

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It looks suspiciously like people dressed up as gorillas for photos. Not entirely convinced by this. The faces look like masks.

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I believe it!

 

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I don't know why some people think it's fake. Gorillas are known to stand and walk upright.

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These are men in suits. Gorillas cannot stand upright looking like humans the way these do. Also their legs are too long for their bodies.

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Park Ranger Explains This Selfie

Orphaned gorillas like to mimic humans, he says

https://www.newser.com/story/274380/park-ranger-explains-this-selfie.html

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'Gorilla selfie': Congolese ranger explains how he snapped viral photo

Because the gorillas have such close contact with rangers and caretakers from a young age, they learn to imitate humans.

“In terms of behaviour, they like to mimic everything that is happening, everything we do,” Shamavu said.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/26/gorilla-selfie-congolese-ranger-tells-how-he-snapped-viral-photo

 

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Poor things really. That's sad. Maybe I'm wrong to think these are just men in suits (to me their posture and physical dimensions look unnatural for gorrillas) but I absolutely accept the possibility that I might be wrong and would be the first to support these orphans if I was convinced that is what they are.

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On 4/25/2019 at 8:45 PM, Black Red Devil said:

The one on the left needs to get on a treadmill.

yeah but the other one has a potential modelling career lined up. 

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