12 July 2011

Black macaque monkeys have fun with photographer's camera

Award-winning photographer, David Slater, may have his camera to thank for possibly his best photographs yet, but he didn't take the photographs himself this time.

While visiting a national park in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, Slater had a little help from his new friends, a clan of crested black macaque monkeys, who are known for being incredibly smart. The gang proved this to be true, because they did something truly remarkable and intelligent to broadcast just how clever they really are.

After Slater left his camera unattended, it gathered the attention of the monkeys and they began to play around with it. Intrigued by the reflection in her lens, one of the female monkeys started the camera and captured a truly remarkable photograph of herself. This was just the start.

By the time Slater returned to his camera, hundreds of photographs had been taken, but not all of them turned out, however. It seems the group of monkeys hadn't yet figured out how to capture the perfect picture, but they came pretty close. One monkey even managed to capture a picture of both another monkey and Slater in the picture.

Slater would have enjoyed waiting until they did master each aspect of photography, but was unable to. He stated to the UK's Daily Mail, "I wish I could have stayed longer as he probably would have taken a full family album."

In hopes to take some photographs of the rare and endangered animals, Slater doubled up with a local guide and traveled with the monkeys for about three days. Slater stated that despite their lack of human contact, they were incredibly friendly. "They befriended us and showed absolutely no aggression - they were just interested in the things I was carrying," he said.

These self-portraits are a sure way to put a smile on everyone's faces, as they are hilarious and absolutely adorable.

Alexandra Hedin | Facebook | @Alexandra_Hedin
Alexandra is highly passionate about animals and animal rights, and wants to raise awareness of the cruelty that many animals suffer in the best way she knows how, and this is by written word. She is a recent graduate of Metropolitan State University in Minnesota, with a degree in Professional Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.

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