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Ranger takes selfie with 'human-like' gorillas

By T.K. Randall
April 22, 2019 · Comment icon 16 comments
A striking photograph taken by an anti-poaching ranger has been described as 'just another day in the office.'
The picture, which was taken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Virunga National Park, shows anti-poaching ranger Mathieu Shamavu in front of two young gorillas who have both adopted a remarkably human-like way of standing upright on two legs.

The photograph has gained international attention in the media and has helped to highlight the work that Shamavu and his fellow rangers do every day to protect the last few gorillas from poachers.

It's dangerous work - as evidenced by the fact that five rangers were killed last year alone.
The two gorillas in the picture, who have lived in a special gorilla orphanage for most of their lives, have learned to imitate their human protectors.

"I was very surprised to see it... so it's very funny," said park deputy director Innocent Mburanumwe.

"It's very curious to see how a gorilla can imitate a human and stand up."

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Comment icon #7 Posted by OverSword 5 years ago
It's so cool how like us they are. 
Comment icon #8 Posted by sanchez710 5 years ago
It looks suspiciously like people dressed up as gorillas for photos. Not entirely convinced by this. The faces look like masks.
Comment icon #9 Posted by EnderOTD 5 years ago
I believe it!  
Comment icon #10 Posted by Hawken 5 years ago
I don't know why some people think it's fake. Gorillas are known to stand and walk upright.
Comment icon #11 Posted by RabidMongoose 5 years ago
Those apes have a jelly midriff. I knew they normal (said while slapping my own).  
Comment icon #12 Posted by Black Red Devil 5 years ago
The one on the left needs to get on a treadmill.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Ozymandias 5 years ago
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.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Still Waters 5 years ago
Comment icon #15 Posted by Ozymandias 5 years ago
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.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Captain Risky 5 years ago
yeah but the other one has a potential modelling career lined up. 

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