Congo, October 9
Ndakasi, a mountain gorilla who went viral for her adorable selfie with a park ranger in Congo, died last week in her rescuer’s arms. The 14-year-old gorilla died due to a prolonged illness. Ndakasi, who rose to fame in 2019 after she photobombed her forest ranger’s selfie, lived in Congo’s Virunga National Park.
The news was shared by the forest officials via a statement released on Instagram. “It is with heartfelt sadness that Virunga announces the death of beloved orphaned mountain gorilla, Ndakasi, who had been under the care of the Park’s Senkwekwe Center for more than a decade,” it read.