It was perhaps the second-selfie I’ve ever taken and my face looks like I’m looking into a spoon. Seriously, I’ve never released how grossly asymmetrical my face actually is.
I look like Quasimodo.
It’s safe to say, therefore, that my selfie game is weak AF, which becomes more pathetic when you realise a few gorillas have it down better than I do.
That’s because a group of gorillas are going viral over some very candid – and very funny – selfies taken at Virunga National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site the in Democratic Republic of Congo.
The incredible creatures live a dangerous life and are constantly under threat of being hunted and illegally sold as ‘bushmeat’, but they’ve been spotted in some pics with anti-poaching officers and the whole world can’t get enough.
It’s like those male models you see in the ASOS videos.
According to the park’s website, the site has been ‘deeply’ impacted by war and armed conflict over the last two decades.
“Virunga is protected by a dedicated team of over 600 rangers,” the website reads.
“These local men and women go through intensive training, risking their lives on a daily basis to safeguard the park’s exceptional wildlife, including the last of the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas.”
One of the images shows the gorillas standing upright behind the men, while another titled ‘family time’ shows one of the rangers, Patrick Sadiki with the primates, Ndakasi and Matabishi cuddling up to him.
The photos were posted on the The Elite Anti Poaching Units And Combat Trackers Facebook page in an effort to highlight not only the beauty of the animals, but also to showcase the important work that anti-poachers do.
One other photo, from 2018, is captioned ‘Words to live by – Sagesse Intemporelle’.
It adds: “When one is still young, it seems very simple to be a hero or a martyr. But as one marches on in life, one understands the price of a simple act of virtue, and only God can give us the strength to achieve this.”
If ever we needed a reminder as to why these majestic creatures have to be protected at all costs, this is it.
Images via Facebook/Virunga National Park
Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent editor, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over several features and investigative pieces, arguably letting The Hook audience in on way too much of his personal life.