The beloved gorilla Ndakasi, who became famous in the world, passed away
Beloved gorilla Ndakasi, who became famous after a selfie with a ranger went viral, has died at the age of 14, after suffering from illness.
The gorilla died in the arms of the forest ranger, Andre Bauma, who rescued her as a child, in Virunga Open Park, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the oldest open national park in Africa.
Bauma was able to save Ndakasi, when she was only two months old, in 2007 after poachers killed her parents, and Ndakasi was still attached to her mother after her death, when Bauma found her.
It was then that the rangers decided that it was not safe to send Ndakasi back to the forest, when none of her family was present, so they decided, she should be raised at the animal shelter, which is run by Bauma.
Ndakasi became world famous in 2017, when she poses with another gorilla (Nedizi) behind a forest ranger, imitating humans, according to CNN.
The relationship between the guard and the two gorillas has strengthened over time, Bauma told the BBC, in 2014, and confirmed that he loved Ndakasi as if she were his daughter.
"We sleep in one bed, I play with her, I feed her, and I can tell I'm her mother," Bauma said.
This type of gorilla lives in nature reserves, in Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo, but climate change, hunters, and human encroachment all pose a threat to its survival.
Shelter staff described Ndakasi and Ndize as good friends, when they were young.
Bauma said Thursday that Ndakase had helped him "understand the bonds between humans and great apes, and why we must do what we can, to protect them."
He added, "I loved her, as I love my children, her funny personality, she used to put a smile on my face whenever I communicated with her."