"Say BANANAS!" Amazing "SELF PORTRAITS" by macaque monkeys!

@Loen210 (1533)
United States
July 10, 2011 11:01pm CST
Macaque monkeys take self portraits July 10, 2011 "Say BANANAS!" Wow! Reading the newspaper this morning, the picture caught my eye, since the photo was amazing. First thought it might be a man-made costume for some movie. Then read, and so astonished. Genius, talented monkeys! First time seeing pics of this breed, but how smart and adorable they are! I hope the human photographer will bring back the pics to show them. I'll have to request some tutoring from this handsome, furry (monkey) photographer. I am not good at taking self portraits at all, and I could use some too! :o) [You have to click on the website to see the picture; wish we could paste images though.] ========================= http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/brainiac/2011/07/macaque_self-po.html English wildlife photographer David Slater left his camera unattended while working with a group of crested black macaque monkeys in Indonesia -- and one of them learned how to use it to take a series of portraits. The Daily Mail has the photos, including this amazingly great self-portrait by the monkey photographer: Slater thinks she was admiring her own reflection in the camera's lens. (Presumably, she'd never seen it before.) Another monkey, Slater explains, took "hundreds of pictures" while his friends posed together. It's not quite clear how much the monkeys understood what they were doing, of course, but the pictures speak for themselves. See more here.
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
11 Jul 11
I've never gotten a picture that looked that good even knowing how a camera works!!! I wish they had published the bad pictures that monkey took so we'd have a reference as to how lucky he/she was!!! I love the picture of the photographer asking for his camera back while his picture was being taken!!! Animals interacting with humans fascinate me...most have a way of letting you know what they want or need!!!
@Loen210 (1533)
• United States
11 Jul 11
Marissa, Great to hear from you! :o) Thanks. (I signed up to get notice when you post up interesting postings). ;O) Anyway, yes, I wish too. But whether mistake (at first, but unlikely after time), they are really talented animals, and MEGA photogenic. I wish I was that photogenic! ;o)
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
11 Jul 11
I don't have a photogenic bone in my body!!! My Dad's been in the hospital & I'm having very little time to myself!!! Anyway, the monkeys made me smile which I needed terribly...so THANK YOU!!!
@Loen210 (1533)
• United States
11 Jul 11
Marissa, I am sending you warm thoughts (or air conditioned but warm thoughts in this hot weather). I hope your father is hanging in there and improving. Is your avatar a real picture of you?
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@bouncybug (615)
• South Africa
11 Jul 11
Wow - these pictures were truly amazing! I'm sure the monkeys weren't really aware of what they were doing and that a lot of the photos were just by chance, but nevertheless it is amazing that they managed to figure out how a camera works. It just goes to shows that other primates are probably a lot closer to us than we might think (or like to think!!)
@Loen210 (1533)
• United States
11 Jul 11
Hi Bouncy, Whether mostly accidental (which likely how it started out at first), but afterward, they definitely figured something out. And portraits THAT good, coudln't be by mistake. :)