Monkey selfies! Monkey steals camera and takes selfies
It’s a monkey selfie! Who knew primates had photography skills? A monkey stole a wildlife photographer’s camera. Then he started taking monkey selfies! He even smiled in the photos.
The crested black macaque monkey (black ape) swiped the camera and took monkey self-portraits at arms length, like you’d see on a teenage girl’s Facebook or Instagram page. It’s a monkey selfie!
It happened when wildlife photographer David Slater was visiting a national park in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. He left his camera unattended. Next, a crested black macaque monkey grabbed it and proceeded take monkey selfies. Who knew “black apes” took selfies? It’s actually a decent monkey self-portrait!
If you’re curious, I found out some interesting facts about these inquisitive monkeys below:
- Some crested black macaque facts:
- They’re promiscuous – with both males and females mating multiple times with multiple partners
- They live in groups, and tend to either be all males or be 4:1 females to males.
- Their diet is 70% fruits
- They’re extremely rare and critically endangered
- They’re found in Sulawesi, an island in Indonesia, and some tiny islands near it
- Many names — crested black macaque, Sulawesi black macaque, Celebes crested macaque, Sulawesi crested macaque, or the black ape. Scientific name: Macaca nigra
I love his expression in the above monkey self-portrait; it reminds me of the closeups of long-tailed macaques that I snapped in Malaysia.
Macaques can be unpredictable (like these monkeys having sex while I was photographing the view of the Ulu Watu cliffs in Indonesia).
From the photographer’s own words
The sound got his attention and he kept pressing it. At first it scared the rest of them away but they soon came back. It was amazing to watch. He must have taken hundreds of pictures by the time I got my camera back, but not very many were in focus. He obviously hadn’t worked that out yet.
The Instagram-style monkey selfies photos were actually taken by the monkey. Thanks to wildlife photographer David Slater for allowing us to share them. The two (above) impressive photos on this page were by wildlife photographer Sean Crane.
Other primates from my travels:
I was amazed how the mannerisms can be so similar to humans. They’re technically less closely related to humans than orangutans. I was surprised by how human-like proboscis monkey behavior could be. The baby monkeys (long-tailed macaques) in Borneo were cute, but the tarsiers (aka “Gremlins”) still may have been the cutest primates I’ve seen in person.
Original story from Daily Telegraph. Thanks to Grace for sending me the story.