Monkey Manages to Steal Camera, Turn It On and Take a Self-Portrait Smiling!
A critically endangered macaque monkey took his own photographs after grabbing a camera that had been left lying around by award-winning photographer David Slater!
While visiting a national park in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, Mr. Slater inadvertently left his camera unattended for a while.
The forgotten camera soon attracted the attention of an inquisitive female from a local group of crested black macaque monkeys, known for their intelligence and dexterity.
Fascinated by her reflection in the lens, she then somehow managed to start the camera and capture a most excellent self-portrait! Brilliant!
More monkeys then joined in on the photo shoot. "One of them must have accidentally knocked the camera and set it off because the sound caused a bit of a frenzy," Slater told the Daily Mail UK this week. "At first there was a lot of grimacing with their teeth showing because it was probably the first time they had ever seen a reflection."
By the time Slater got his camera back, the monkey's had managed to take hundreds of pictures, but not very many were in focus...with the exception of this winning shot! Awesome isn't it!!?!