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Gorillas Pose For Selfies With Anti-Poaching Rangers In Congo

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Gorillas Pose For Selfies With Anti-Poaching Rangers In Congo

A selfie of two gorillas standing behind a park ranger standing upright and all posed up for the picture quickly went viral after it was posted online.

The photo shows a pair of orphaned mountain gorillas with two park rangers who rescued them as babies in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mathieu Shamavu poses for a photo with the orphaned gorillas Nkakazi and Ndeze.

Mathieu Shamavu poses for a photo with the orphaned gorillas Nkakazi and Ndeze.

Ranger Mathieu Shamavu, a member of an anti-poaching unit, took the picture with the endangered gorillas and posted the image on the park’s Facebook page with the caption “Another day in the office”

The picture immediately grabbed everyone’s attention mainly because people couldn’t believe it wasn’t photoshopped.

The park, however, addressed those concerns on an Instagram post that read, “YES, it’s real! Those gorilla gals are always acting cheeky so this was the perfect shot of their true personalities! Also, 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.”

 

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You might have recently seen caretakers Mathieu and Patrick’s amazing selfie with female orphaned gorillas Ndakazi and Ndeze inside the Senkwekwe center at Virunga National Park. 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! Also, 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. Guys, if you shared our gorilla selfie post, please share our Earth Day posts as well! Conserving Virunga’s amazing wildlife is a constant challenge for the Park and our work wouldn’t be possible without your support. Matching funds have been pledged on every donation to the Park today, up to a total of $25,000—giving us the opportunity to raise $50,000 for Virunga! Visit virunga.org/donate or click the link in our bio to get involved and keep sharing our posts! Thank you! *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. #gorillaselfie #gorilla #mountaingorilla #mountaingorillaselfie #selfie #earthday #earthday2019 #virunga #virunganationalpark #congo #drcongo #rdc #drc #protecttheplanet #happyearthday #wildlife #wildlifeconservation #conservation #natureconservation

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Innocent Mburanumwe, the park’s deputy director told BBC News that the gorillas, Ndakazi and Ndeze, had learned to imitate their caretakers, who have looked after them since they were just babies.

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The gorillas, he added, think of the rangers as their parents, as their parents were killed by poachers in 2007, when the gorillas in question were only two and four months old. “I was very surprised to see it… so it’s very funny. It’s very curious to see how a gorilla can imitate a human and stand up,” he said.

Gorilla Poses For Selfies With an Anti-Poaching Ranger In Virunga National Park

Gorilla Poses For Selfies With an Anti-Poaching Ranger In Virunga National Park

Ranger Mathieu Shamavu explained that the caretakers at the orphanage try to give the animals as much access as possible to their natural environment, but they inevitably exhibit almost the same behaviour as humans. “In terms of behaviour, they like to mimic everything that is happening, everything we do.” Shamavu said.

According to rangers at the sanctuary, Ndakazi and Ndeze were the first to be cared for at the Senkwekwe Mountain Gorilla Orphanage Centre, the only one of its kind in the world. The park’s website further reveals that around one-third of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas reside in Virunga National Park which is also one of the most bio-diverse national parks in Africa, spanning tropical forests, snow-peaked mountains and active volcanoes.

 

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A hero dog saved a newborn baby after leading his owner to the boy who had been buried alive in the dirt by his teenage mother.

Ping Pong, a 6 year old pooch from Korat, Thailand, always helps his owner, 41 year old Usa Nisaika, tend to the cows. However, on this specific day, Ping Pong didn’t just help the cows only, he ended up saving the life of a baby who was doomed to a worse fate!

On May 15, Ping Pong and Usa were walking through a field, when the dog was alerted to something along the outskirts of the field.

Ping Pong started scratching at the dirt frantically, Usa went over to look and noticed the infant's tiny leg poking up from the earth.

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The farmer quickly dug out the infant and immediately rushed him to the hospital.

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Miraculously, the baby boy was found not to have suffered any serious injury and weighed in at just a little over 5 pounds.

“I have had Ping Pong since he was born and he has always been very loyal and obedient. When he was younger a car hit him and his back leg was injured. He cannot use it but he still helps me when I’m herding cows. Everybody in the village is amazed by what he has done now. He is a hero because he saved the life of the baby.” Usa said of his dog.

After a police investigation, the mother was determined to be a 15-year-old girl who had feared her father would be angry if he found out she was pregnant. She was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is awaiting a mental health evaluation.

Ping Pong the hero dog with his owner, Usa.

Ping Pong the hero dog with his owner, Usa.

“Police officers are preparing to prosecute the mother but she is also a child and we must consider her mind and be professional. It is important that she is nurtured and treated fairly.” the governor of Nakhon Ratchasima, Wichian Chantharanothai, told The Mirror.

“The parent of the mother have offered to take care of the baby when he leaves hospital but that has not been agreed yet. A team of police and government welfare workers need to consider the safety of the children.” the governor added.

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A precious cat, who lived her entire life in a cage, felt love for the first time after she was rescued. She was so elated and couldn’t stop thanking her rescuers, her reaction is the sweetest thing you will see today!

The cat, Lovebug, was previously owned by a mentally ill woman who had her locked in a cage for much of her life. Due to her former living conditions being exposed to filth and fleas, Lovebug had serious skin issues that left her with huge clumps of fur missing.

The cat, Lovebug, was previously owned by a mentally ill woman who had her locked in a cage for much of her life.

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Lovebug was finally rescued from her cage by Furry Nation Salvation, which put her with a loving foster mother named Patty. From that moment, the sweet cat has been able to fully recover and even all her fur has grown back on.

“Before her rescue, Lovebug was owned by a mentally ill woman who kept her confined to a dog crate for most, if not all of her life. Now in foster care with Patty, Lovebug is safe.” the caption on the video below reads.

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Initially, rescuers feared that Lovebug would not be able to trust humans, after all she had had to endure, but the precious has defied the odds by never holding a grudge against humans at all.

In fact, from the start Lovebug has been very loving and affectionate with everyone she interacted with. She especially loves her foster mom Patty, who she constantly showers with kisses and cuddles any moment she can.

If you met Lovebug, you would never guess the amount of pain and difficulties she had been through.

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In a new video that is wildly going viral, an impressively smart beluga whale returns a phone to a tourist after she dropped it in the water, leaving everyone stunned.

A couple of weeks ago, when a rare beluga whale fitted with a harness appeared off the coast of Norway, speculations were going round that the beluga whale was actually a spy trained by the Russian navy and had somehow escaped.

From that time, the beluga whale become a fixture around the town of Hammerfest located near Norway’s northernmost point.

An impressively smart beluga whale returns a phone to a tourist after she dropped it in the water

An impressively smart beluga whale returns a phone to a tourist after she dropped it in the water

The whale’s friendliness and fearlessness around humans, evidence that he was probably trained by people at some point. Resident Linn Saether revealed that the whale was so comfortable around people that when you call it, it comes to you.

The beluga whale lets people pet him and even allowed scientists close enough to him to remove the tight harness, which they discovered had a mount for a camera.

Keen on seeing this whale for themselves, a group of tourists headed out into the water to see if they could spot the whale. Ina Mansika was one of these tourists who were eager to see the whale.

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While peering over the dock, Ina’s phone accidentally fell out of her pocket and into the water. She and her friends thought she had lost it forever, but then the whale dived into the dark waters. Moments later when he resurfaced, he was holding the phone gently in his mouth.

“We laid down on the dock to look at it and hopefully get the chance to pat it. I had forgotten to close my jacket pocket and my phone fell in the ocean. We assumed it would be gone forever, until the whale dove back down and came back a few moments later with my phone in its mouth!” Ina said.

Ina was absolutely amazed and delighted, writing on Instagram, “when animals are kinder than humans.”

Here is the amazing video clip of the beluga whale recovering her phone.

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