Two "cheeky" orphaned gorillas have embarked on an incredible self-esteem with rangers at a national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The remarkable photo at Virunga National Park in eastern Congo has become viral because it was published on Facebook. "The photo was taken by Mathieu Shamavu who is a full-time runner with Virunga National Park," a spokesman for the Fox News National Park told e-mail. "The two orphaned gorillas in the picture are Ndakazi and Ndeze."
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In the Facebook post, the organization explained that the gorillas were photographed within Senkwekwe Center for orphaned gorillas, located at the park's head office in Rumangabo. "We've got dozens of messages about the photo. Yes, that's right!" Explained the park. "The gorilla gals always act cheeky so it was the perfect shot of their true personalities! Nor is it a surprise to see these girls on their two feet either. Most primates are comfortable walking upright (bipedalism) for short time shots."
The striking soul emphasizes the close bond between the huge primates and the staff who care for them in gorilla's orphans.
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"We want to emphasize that these gorillas are in a closed sanctuary for orphans they have lived since children. The caretakers in Senkwekwe are very careful not to put gorillas These are exceptional circumstances where the photo was taken. It is never allowed to approach a gorilla in the wild. "
Park rangers at Virunga have an extremely dangerous job. According to the park's website, 1
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A UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Virunga National Park describes itself as Africa's oldest and most biologically distinct protected area. In addition to mountain gorillas, the park is also home to a number of different primates, elephants, lions and 706 different species of birds.
The park hopes that the viral image will support its work. "Conservation Virunga's amazing wildlife is a constant challenge to the park," it said in the Facebook post.
Other animal hunters have been paying attention in recent years. Earlier this year, a snow leopard in the Chinese mountains became a viral sensation when it discovered a remote camera and "posed" for selfies.
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Last year the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals claimed that a monkey in Indonesia cannot own the copyright of a famous smiling soul it took in 2011. Last month, a woman in Arizona attacked by a jaguar as she jumped an obstacle at the Litchfield Park Zoo to take a selfie with the animal.
Associated Press and Fox News "Chris Ciaccia and Katherine Lam contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @ jamesjrogers