A lot of us need to up our selfie game. But now, you can take lessons from gorillas, whose cool majestic poses have taken the Internet by storm.
Two gorillas from Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is a UNESCO world heritage site, have helped create a one of a kind selfie.
The gorillas posed with two anti-poaching rangers.
The park has more than 600 rangers because the region is deeply affected by war and armed conflict, which has been going on for the last two decades.
The rangers who serve this park undergo serious training as they have to put their lives on the line on a constant basis to help protect the park’s wildlife. Part of their responsibility is protecting the park’s endangered mountain gorillas.
But even while doing this important and potentially dangerous job, the rangers, and the gorillas, still find the time to have a little fun.
So deep is the bond between the gorillas and the poachers that they can even pose for great pictures together.
From the selfie, it is clear that this is hardly the first time the gorillas have been doing this.
Another photo from last year had another park ranger pose with two gorillas (Nadakasi and Matabishi) in an adorable selfie.
Sure, the animals might need to refine their art a bit, especially the angles, but what they have managed so far is pretty impressive.
There are a couple of other great selfies with these animals as well, and they go to show just how lovely these primates really are.
But the poachers are well-aware of the heavy responsibility that rests on their shoulders. In a selfie taken by one of the park rangers, the caption is as touching as the snap that goes with it, in which a young gorilla rests on his shoulders. He says that it might seem easy being a hero or a martyr when one is young, but growing up lets us understand the gravity of a simple act of virtue.
While the photos are certainly touching and even warming, they should also serve as a reminder as to the kind of challenge various wildlife species are facing around the world.
Many animals are on the brink of extinction, all thanks to activities like poaching. Gorillas and other endangered animals need all the protection they can get, and if these photos help make this easier, then we should be glad to see more of them.