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Monkey Steals Camera, Takes Hilarious Self-Portraits

HUFFINGTONPOST.COM - In what could be the epitome of monkey business, a crested black macaque in a national park in Indonesia stole a photographer's camera and snapped some very memorable self-portraits, including this one of a bemused photographer looking on.

UK-based wildlife photographer David Slater, 46, was following the endangered species for three days in a park north of the island of Sulawesi when one of the monkeys snatched his camera.

From The Guardian:

Slater said the photoshoot that resulted in these pictures took place after he set up a camera on a tripod. He left the equipment for a few moments and when he returned one of the creatures was, well, monkeying around with it.

"They were quite mischievous, jumping all over my equipment. One hit the button. The sound got his attention and he kept pressing it. At first it scared the rest of them away but they soon came back – it was amazing to watch.

By the time he was able to get his camera back, Slater said that the monkey had taken hundreds of photos.

And for those skeptics who think this might be a publicity stunt or hoax? The Guardian reports that Slater stands by his story, so we'll have to take the photographer at his word on this one.

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