Instagram influencers have NOTHING on these gorillas!
Earlier this week, The Elite AntiPoaching Units And Combat Trackers shared a photo of Ranger Mathieu Shamavu being photobombed by two gorillas striking FIERCE poses and serving #lewks. The two gorillas, named Ndakazi and Ndeze, were orphaned and have been raised at Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
After going viral on Facebook and garnering 30,000 likes, Virunga National Park took to Instagram to corroborate the authenticity of the photo! They stated "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!" They also shared some insight into the habits of gorillas saying "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."
However, they were also sure to share a warning in order to protect the public and the animals in the park. They stated "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 taken. It is never permitted to approach a gorilla in the wild."
So, if you ever find yourself in the presence of a wild gorilla, do not approach and do not try to replicate this selfie, because let's be real - Ndakazi and Ndeze are UNMATCHABLE. Someone call Tyra Banks, because these girls have mastered the smize.