Yep, you read that right – this time it’s not Ellen DeGeneres, but some handsome gorillas at the Virunga National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site the in Democratic Republic of Congo.
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.”
But while the rangers’ job is a seriously dangerous one, it seems they also find time to bond with the gorillas they’re risking their necks for – enjoying a little downtime by posing for pictures together.
The gorillas, as you’ll notice, are absolute naturals.
In a photo shared earlier this week, captioned ‘Another Day at the Office’, a ranger takes a selfie with two of the park’s gorillas, Ndakasi and Matabishi – who are standing behind him, puffing out their chests like they’re bouncers at the local club.
You definitely wouldn’t cross those guys, would you?
Another photo captioned ‘Family Portrait’, taken last year, also shows ranger Patrick Sadiki pose with Ndakasi and Matabishi.
Sure, the animals might want to work on their angle a bit, as it’s not exactly the most flattering (those nostrils!), but it’s not a bad effort all the same.
One other photo, also from 2018, is captioned ‘Words to live by – Sagesse Intemporelle’.
It adds the passage: “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.”
The snaps are great – but also the perfect reminder of the folk working hard to protect the gorillas at the national park, where ‘a day at the office’ isn’t exactly like the ones most of us know.
Here’s to you guys.