Park ranger explains how he captured viral selfie with two gorillas

Park ranger explains how he captured viral selfie with two gorillas
Photo credit: Mathieu Shamavu / Virunga.org

The park ranger whose selfie with two gorillas went viral earlier this month has spoken of how he captured the now famous shot.

On Thursday last week, the Elite Anti-Poaching Units and Combat Trackers Facebook page uploaded an image of ranger Mathieu Shamavu posing for a selfie with two cheeky primates, Ndakazi and Ndeze.

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"Another day at the office," the image, taken at the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Virunga National Park, was captioned. It has now been shared more than 23,000 times.

Shamavu explained that he caught the picture when he was on his phone and looked up to see the two gorillas mimicking his behaviour.

"In terms of behavior, they like to mimic everything that is happening (around them), everything we do," Shamavu told the Associated Press.

He said the gorillas are given access to a natural environment, but like to exhibit the same behaviour as humans.

The gorillas were orphaned 12 years ago after their families were killed by poachers.

Virunga National Park is the only centre in the world dedicated to the care of orphaned mountain gorillas, relying heavily on donations to continue operating. It spans across forests, snowy mountains and active volcanoes.

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