Mountain gorilla who posed for selfie dies

A gorilla photographed in 2019 posing for a relaxed selfie with rangers at an orphanage in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park has died.

The mountain gorilla, named Ndakasi, died after “a prolonged illness in which her condition rapidly deteriorated”, the park announced.

“She died in the loving arms of her caretaker and lifelong friend, Andre Bauma,” it said.

The gorilla was among a pair that posed for a relaxed selfie with rangers who rescued them as babies.

At the time, the park’s deputy director told BBC Newsday that the gorillas had learned to imitate their carers, who have looked after them since they were found.

The gorillas, he added, think of the rangers as their parents.

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