Monday, July 4, 2011

Cheeky monkey! Critically-endangered macaque borrows photographers camera to provide wonderful self-portraits


Self-portrait: This critically endangered macaque monkey took his own photographs after grabbing a camera ht had been left lying around

These marvellous images of a critically endangered monkey in Indonesia were captured by the monkey itself.

The inquisitive animal grabbed a camera that had been left lying around and playfully began to investigate the equipment before becoming fascinated with his own reflection in the lens.

And it wasn't long before the crested black macaque started snapping away with award-winning photographer David Slater's camera.

Say cheese: The monkeys were intrigued by their reflection in the camera lens

'One of them must have accidentally knocked the camera and set it off because the sound caused a bit of a frenzy, said Slater, 46.

'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.

'They were quite mischievous jumping all over my equipment, and it looked like they were already posing for the camera when one hit the button.

'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.

You can be in this one too: The monkey even snapped a shot with photographer David Slater in the frame

'I wish I could have stayed longer as he probably would have taken a full family album.'

Slater, from Coleford, Gloucestershire, was on a trip to a small national park north of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi when he met the incredibly friendly bunch.

The crested black macaque is extremely rare and critically endangered.

These were part of a study group near a science base in the region, home to researchers from Holland.

'I teamed up with a local guide because I knew about the apes and wanted to photograph them,' said Slater.

'I walked with them for about three days in a row.

'They befriended us and showed absolutely no aggression - they were just interested in the things I was carrying.

'They aren't known for being particularly clever like chimps, just inquisitive.

'Despite probably never having any contact with humans before they didn't feel threatened by our presence, and that's why I could walk with them during the day.'

source: dailymail

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