Award-winning photographer David Slater was visiting park in North Sulawesi, Indonesia when a male Crested Black Macaque monkey took his unattended camera and started snapping away. Sounds highly unlikely doesn’t it? Well, shove your skepticism aside and enjoy the two photos below which were apparently taken by the Macaque out of hundreds that were taken during the wild kingdom bout of self reflection.
In Slater’s own words, “One of them must have accidentally knocked the camera and set it off because the sound caused a bit of a frenzy. 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 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 Black Crested Macaque is considered a pest and has been hunted by Indonesians who also eat the monkeys as bushmeat. Sulawesi supports a Macaque population of roughly 6,000 monkeys and as Slater found out, at least one of them is an aspiring photographer.