In the Congo gorilla learned how to pose for a selfie

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A photo of gorillas posing with park rangers in DR Congo has spread around the world. The two gorillas in the photo were orphaned by poachers and are raised in a specialist unit at the park's headquarters because they may struggle to survive independently, meaning they are used to human contact.

Because they've grown up with the rangers who rescued them, Mr Mburanumwe added, "they are imitating the humans" - and standing on two legs is their way of "learning to be human beings". However, gorillas are comfortable in the wild walking on two feet for short bursts.

While the selfie shows the lighter side of being a ranger, it can be a unsafe job.

"Five rangers were killed in Virunga National Park a year ago in an ambush by suspected rebels, and more than 130 park rangers have been killed in Virunga since 1996", it added.

In its Instragram post, the park noted that the photo was taken under "exceptional circumstances".

But these two gorillas prove anyone can do it, with a little attitude.

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The work of rangers was not unnoticed by fans on Facebook thanking them for their work protecting the animals, along with many other species.

Describing their work on their website, the park said it has been "deeply" impacted by war and armed conflict over the last 20 years.

All rangers undergo a 6-month long training regime to become the guardians of the Virunga National Park.

As for the photo, the Virunga National Park said in a Facebook Post, "We want to emphasize that these gorillas are in an enclosed sanctuary for orphans to which they have lived since infancy".

According to the Virunga National Park website, one third of the world's population of critically endangered mountain gorillas live in the region.

While many homo sapiens can't help but flash watery smiles and inappropriately blink when the camera comes out, the primates of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo are naturals.

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