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Orphan gorillas pose for selfies with their caregiver in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Me and my friends! Orphan gorillas pose for selfies with their caregiver in the Democratic Republic of Congo

  • The photos were taken in Virunga National Park in Rumangabo, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Patrick Sadiki Karabaranga, 39, is the guardian of the orphaned gorillas and takes selfies every day
  • The guardian has cared for orphaned gorillas for more than a decade, saying they look like his children

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Humans and gorillas are known to be closely related.

And these photos seem to prove that monkeys, like modern humans, like to pose for a selfie.

The photos were taken by Patrick Sadiki Karabaranga, 39, who is the guardian of orphaned gorillas in Virunga National Park in Rumangabo, Democratic Republic of Congo.

The good-natured guard has been taking care of the animals for more than a decade, saying he takes care of them as if they were his children.

Among the hilarious photos illustrating his close bond, a cheeky gorilla takes on a serious pose as he stares into Mr. Karabaranga’s camera while sitting close to him.

In another, a younger gorilla grabs a tennis ball while enjoying a back ride with Mr. Karabaranga.

A third gorilla doesn’t seem to mind being caught prodding his nose while his friend seems to be posing with his thumb in the air.

Mr. Karabaranga said, “I think it is the curiosity to see themselves on the phone that prompts them to take selfies.

“I do a lot of my work with orphan gorillas, they look like my human children.”

Amazing photos taken from orphaned gorillas in Virunga National Park in Rumangabo, Democrtic Republic of Congo by their guardian Patrick Sadiki Karabaranga, 39, seem to show that the monkeys love posing for selfies as much as humans do

Amazing photos taken from orphaned gorillas in Virunga National Park in Rumangabo, Democrtic Republic of Congo by their guardian Patrick Sadiki Karabaranga, 39, seem to show that the monkeys love posing for selfies as much as humans do

The good-natured guard has been taking care of the animals for more than a decade, saying he takes care of them as if they were his children. Pictured: A younger gorilla grabs a tennis ball while enjoying a back ride with Mr. Karabaranga

The good-natured guard has been taking care of the animals for more than a decade, saying he takes care of them as if they were his children. Pictured: A younger gorilla grabs a tennis ball while enjoying a back ride with Mr. Karabaranga

The good-natured guard has been taking care of the animals for more than a decade, saying he takes care of them as if they were his children. Pictured: A younger gorilla grabs a tennis ball while enjoying a back ride with Mr. Karabaranga

Mr. Karabaranga has been caring for orphan gorillas for more than a decade. Pictured: A gorilla seems to give half a smile as he crouches on a block behind his caretaker

Mr. Karabaranga has been caring for orphan gorillas for more than a decade. Pictured: A gorilla seems to give half a smile as he crouches on a block behind his caretaker

Mr. Karabaranga has been caring for orphan gorillas for more than a decade. Pictured: A gorilla seems to give half a smile as he crouches on a block behind his caretaker

A gorilla doesn't seem to mind being caught sitting next to Mr. Karabaranga

A gorilla doesn't seem to mind being caught sitting next to Mr. Karabaranga

A gorilla doesn’t seem to mind being caught sitting next to Mr. Karabaranga

Another seems to pose with his thumb in the air chewing a reed next to his friendly guardian

Another seems to pose with his thumb in the air chewing a reed next to his friendly guardian

Another seems to pose with his thumb in the air chewing a reed next to his friendly guardian

Sad face: this gorilla didn't look happy when Mr. Karabaranga took a picture of the two on his phone

Sad face: this gorilla didn't look happy when Mr. Karabaranga took a picture of the two on his phone

Thoughtful: The incredible shots show the gorillas' close relationship with their old guardian

Thoughtful: The incredible shots show the gorillas' close relationship with their old guardian

Sad Face: This gorilla (left) didn’t look happy when Mr. Karabaranga took a picture of the two on his phone. The incredible photos show the gorillas’ close relationship with Mr. Karabaranga

Long upright: this gorilla stood upright and put his hand on the shoulder of Mr. Karabaranga

Long upright: this gorilla stood upright and put his hand on the shoulder of Mr. Karabaranga

Long upright: this gorilla stood upright and put his hand on the shoulder of Mr. Karabaranga

The gorillas feel extremely comfortable in the company of their guardian - as evidenced by a snapshot of the chance to sniff Mr Karabaranga's ear

The gorillas feel exceptionally comfortable in the company of their guardian - as evidenced by a snapshot of the chance to sniff Mr Karabaranga's ear

The gorillas feel exceptionally comfortable in the company of their guardian – as evidenced by a snapshot of the chance to sniff Mr Karabaranga’s ear

Happy to be included: these two gorillas looked at ease while sitting behind Mr. Karabaranga taking a photo

Happy to be included: these two gorillas looked at ease while sitting behind Mr. Karabaranga taking a photo

Happy to be included: these two gorillas looked at ease while sitting behind Mr. Karabaranga taking a photo

Mister Karabaranga looks at ease at the gorillas he cares about every day

Mister Karabaranga looks at ease at the gorillas he cares about every day

Another is watching as he poses in a face mask

Another is watching as he poses in a face mask

Mister Karabaranga looks at ease at the gorillas he cares about every day. Left: one appears over his shoulder while the other watches as he poses in a face mask

Curious: this gorilla stares intensely at the smartphone of Mr. Karabaranga, he takes a selfie of the couple

Curious: this gorilla stares intensely at the smartphone of Mr. Karabaranga, he takes a selfie of the couple

Curious: this gorilla stares intensely at the smartphone of Mr. Karabaranga, he takes a selfie of the couple

The animals look like they enjoy appearing in countless photos

The animals look like they enjoy appearing in countless photos

This gorilla posed with its arms folded

This gorilla posed with its arms folded

The animals look like they enjoy appearing in countless photos. Right: This gorilla posed with arms folded

Mr. Karabaranga shows his close connection to each of the gorillas while putting his arms around him

Mr. Karabaranga shows his close connection to each of the gorillas while putting his arms around him

Another gazes happily at his guardian's smartphone while taking another picture

Another gazes happily at his guardian's smartphone while taking another picture

Cuddling: Mister Karabaranga demonstrates his close bond with each of the gorillas while wrapping his arms around him. Another (right) stares happily at his guardian’s smartphone while taking another photo

Mr. Karabaranga said: “I think it is the curiosity to see themselves on the phone that prompts them to take selfies

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