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Why is this macaque smiling?

July 9, 2011

From a remarkable series of “self-portraits” in the Daily Mail (via Andrew Sullivan):

Visiting a national park in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, award-winning photographer Mr Slater left his camera unattended for a while.

It soon attracted the attention of an inquisitive female from a local group of crested black macaque monkeys, known for their intelligence and dexterity.

Fascinated by her reflection in the lens, she then somehow managed to start the camera. The upshot: A splendid self-portrait.

Apparently that’s not a smile, but rather a grimace directed at its reflection.

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One comment

  1. We are going to Big Bend next weekend. Where is the pictured spot?



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