The beloved mountain gorilla who gained worldwide attention after posing in a viral selfie with an anti-poaching ranger has died at the age of 14. The magnificent creature died in the arms of the man who had saved her as an infant.The two lifelong friends can be seen bonding for the last time in a heartbreaking photo shared onInstagram by Virunga National Park.Before taking her last breath, Ndakasi can be seen resting her head on the chest of her caregiver and protector, Andre Bauma.After posing in a selfie, the two went viral a few years ago.
“It is with heartfelt sadness that Virunga announces the passing of beloved orphaned mountain gorilla, Ndakasi,” the touching words read.”Ndakasi took her final breath in the loving arms of her caretaker and lifelong friend, Andre Bauma, on the evening of September 26th, following a prolonged illness in which her condition rapidly deteriorated.”
Ndakasi, like all the other primates in Congo’s Virunga National Park, was a symbol of hope and determination.A great example of how much these magnificent creatures must suffer solely due to poaching.
When Ndakasi was two months old, she was brought to the Senkwekwe Centre in Viruga Park.She was rescued by park rangers after losing her mother to poaching at the time.
Viruga’s mountain gorillas are an endangered species that is being protected by over 600 dedicated rangers who are always willing to put their lives on the line to protect these gentle giants.The beautiful friendship between Ndakasi and Andre demonstrates the rangers’ deep and unique bond with these innocent souls!