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July 6, 2011 10:13 AM   Subscribe

Macacques get a hold of photographer's camera; self-portraiture follows.
posted by Tesseractive (44 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite

 
Love the MySpace angle on this dude right here.
posted by The demon that lives in the air at 10:15 AM on July 6, 2011


Great, more pictures of macaque on the internet.
posted by Aquaman at 10:19 AM on July 6, 2011 [30 favorites]


I've never seen an animal that looked so much like the Nick Park claymation version of itself.
posted by theodolite at 10:19 AM on July 6, 2011 [28 favorites]


Those Macaques take better photographs that I do.
posted by Solomon at 10:20 AM on July 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


than*
posted by Solomon at 10:20 AM on July 6, 2011


Those are all terrific profile pictures.
posted by codacorolla at 10:24 AM on July 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


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posted by koinonia at 10:26 AM on July 6, 2011


Eh, big deal - a monkey could do that.
posted by Dr Dracator at 10:26 AM on July 6, 2011 [2 favorites]


It also goes to show that a good camera can do 90% of the work for you.
posted by xingcat at 10:32 AM on July 6, 2011 [5 favorites]


Amazing.
posted by empath at 10:33 AM on July 6, 2011


It also goes to show that a good camera can do 90% of the work for you.

And a macaque the other ten!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:34 AM on July 6, 2011 [10 favorites]


Let's see you do that with the camera on manual, you damn lazy monkeys!
posted by Mister_A at 10:34 AM on July 6, 2011


First reaction: What a beautiful, marvelous animal! Look at those eyes! This is great! LOL!

Second reaction (after reading text, to wit: these animals are "extremely rare and critically endangered"): How much longer will such creatures exist, and how many others are nearing extinction?
posted by kinnakeet at 10:37 AM on July 6, 2011


They look like cg.
posted by crunchland at 10:44 AM on July 6, 2011 [3 favorites]


hm, first and third images are the same picture, trimmed and rotated differently.
Is there a link to the whole set that I'm missing somewhere?
posted by hank at 10:47 AM on July 6, 2011


Soon to be a political cartoon, no doubt.
posted by Ardiril at 11:00 AM on July 6, 2011


I get that exact same goofy grin whenever I try to take a self portrait.
posted by quin at 11:06 AM on July 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


Meanwhile, the bonobos have been busy with chatroulette.
posted by Wolfdog at 11:13 AM on July 6, 2011 [10 favorites]


WE THEY HAVE CAMERAS!
posted by blue_beetle at 11:19 AM on July 6, 2011


Chimping?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:23 AM on July 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


I saw this yesterday and immediately updated my facebook profile picture.
posted by device55 at 11:37 AM on July 6, 2011


Just wait until the they discover craigslist. You think hobbyists with cheap consumer dslr's are bad negotiators. These monkeys will work for peanuts!
posted by photoslob at 11:40 AM on July 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


Let's see you do that with the camera on manual, you damn lazy monkeys!

I'm sure they probably set it to Aperture Priority.
posted by hal9k at 11:46 AM on July 6, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'm quite pleasantly surprised to find this isn't just another GoPro viral ad.
posted by hincandenza at 12:43 PM on July 6, 2011


Good to see George W. is keeping himself busy.
posted by crunchland at 12:47 PM on July 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News on the story [video | 00:42].
posted by ericb at 12:47 PM on July 6, 2011


David J. Slater -- Award Winning Wildlife Photographer website and blog.
posted by ericb at 12:55 PM on July 6, 2011


This is why I have my macaque do all my photography for me.
posted by trip and a half at 2:05 PM on July 6, 2011


Reminds me a bit of Tim Flach's monkey picture.
posted by MuffinMan at 2:27 PM on July 6, 2011


Enjoy those photos, folks. Apparently the creatures have no familiarity or fear of people and it is only a matter of decades before they are extinct.
posted by Renoroc at 3:21 PM on July 6, 2011


Apparently the creatures have no familiarity or fear of people and it is only a matter of decades before they are extinct.

I'm not so sure you're right!
posted by ericb at 4:25 PM on July 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


'He must have taken hundreds of pictures by the time I got my camera back, but not very many were in focus.

The joys of digital. That's exactly the way I roll when I "borrow" someone's camera at a party.
posted by imperium at 4:38 PM on July 6, 2011


The story has been somewhat misrepresent by UK tabloids (surprise surprise!)

Tthe monkeys didn't take the camera, it was mounted on a tripod - they simply took the remote and played around with it.
posted by smoke at 5:54 PM on July 6, 2011 [3 favorites]


"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."

Really? Not, perhaps, in a water body?
posted by vidur at 6:00 PM on July 6, 2011


The really interesting monkeys are, as always, on the Daily Mail UK sidebar alongside this story.
posted by vidur at 6:02 PM on July 6, 2011


Thanks for this.
posted by the fish at 7:43 PM on July 6, 2011


They look like cg.

That's because they're making the Dreamworks face.
posted by mendel at 7:49 PM on July 6, 2011 [2 favorites]


Enjoy those photos, folks. Apparently the creatures have no familiarity or fear of people and it is only a matter of decades before they are extinct.

I think this was mischaracterized in the article, or at least misunderstood by the journalist (he also calls them apes, but that's a problem for a different time). He says that these guys are part of the study group of a group of Dutch researchers - that means that, rather than being unafraid of people because of their naivete, they are unafraid of people because they're so used to being followed by strange primates with binoculars. Part of the process of developing a study site is habituation (at least for primates - I don't know about other animals but I'd assume there's a similar process). The idea is to make people nonthreatening so that, rather than spend their time freaking out about the giant animal tromping around below them, the monkeys can get on with their normal monkey business (heh). When I was a field assistant in a project studying saddleback tamarins, habituating a group involved following them quietly but relatively close behind until they realized that. though we were noisy, we weren't going to do anything mean or dangerous. After a few days, they'd relax and go back to whatever they'd been doing. By contrast, other monkeys who we'd happen upon were either terrified, angry, or intrigued. Owl monkeys ran away, capuchins through sticks at us, and emperor tamarins would get down in our faces and squeak.

Because these macaques are in a protected area, they can (probably) be habituated to people without putting them at considerably higher risk of poaching. In the forest I work in in Cote d'Ivoire, the monkeys right around our study grid are really habituated - poaching isn't a problem because there's a permanent research camp right next to our study grid. But further away from our camp where hunting is a serious problem, they're not habituated at all. That would put them in serious danger. And, in some cases, people don't habituate any animals in a forest. Instead, research is done entirely with camera traps. Crickette Sanz (one of my old professors) works in such a forest in the Goualougo Triangle in Congo. The forest is under severe hunting and deforestation pressure, and so they've got camera traps all over the place that capturevideo with some amazing amazing information about chimpanzee behavior and tool use, as well as the other primates in the forest.

/primatologist

Yay for monkeys!
posted by ChuraChura at 9:51 PM on July 6, 2011 [5 favorites]


Monkey Business: Can A Monkey License Its Copyrights To A News Agency?
posted by ericb at 12:13 PM on July 7, 2011


Welcome to America, macaque!
posted by norm at 12:23 PM on July 7, 2011


Monkey Business: Can A Monkey License Its Copyrights To A News Agency?

That's silly. If you strapped a video camera to the back of your cat, you'd own the copyrights to those videos, too.
posted by empath at 12:59 PM on July 7, 2011


Hilariously: News Agency Tells Techdirt To Remove Photos.

The agency, it would seem, has not RTFA, and sums up their argument thus:

"Michael, regardless of the issue of who does and doesn't own the copyright - it is 100% clear that the copyright owner is not yourself.

You have blatantly 'lifted' these photographs from somewhere - I presume the Daily Mail online. On the presumption that you do not like to encourage copyright theft (regardless of who owns it) then please remove the photographs."


To which a commenter aptly retorts:

"Carter News, regardless of the issue of who does and doesn't own the copyright - it is 100% clear that the copyright owner is not yourself.

You have blatantly 'lifted' these photographs from somewhere/something/something - I presume the helpless monkey. On the presumption that you do not like to encourage copyright theft (regardless of who owns it) then please remove the photographs."

posted by progosk at 11:12 PM on July 12, 2011


Can We Subpoena The Monkey? Why The Monkey Self-Portraits Are Likely In The Public Domain
posted by homunculus at 9:53 PM on July 13, 2011


Face to Face
posted by homunculus at 12:51 PM on August 1, 2011


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