Monkey Self PictureHere’s a story you’ll go ape over (sorry). Award-winning photographer David Slater says he had his camera stolen by a black macaque in Indonesia.

The macaque then proceeded to snap several pictures of itself.

“One of them must have accidentally knocked the camera and set it off because the sound caused a bit of a frenzy,” says 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.

The crested black macaque is extremely rare and endangered which makes these pictures all the more fascinating.

So do you think this little guy knew what he was doing, or was he just monkeying around (sorry again)?

Macaque Self Picture

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