Indonesian macaque mimics wildlife photographer by peering through camera’s viewfinder like a human
An Indonesian macaque appeared to be a natural with the camera when he copied a photographer by peering through the viewfinder like a human.
A clip,taken by photographer Mogens Trolle, 50, showed the black macaque moving the camera around and holding it in both hands, as if he was taking a picture.
He moves the camera around and watches as the view through the viewfinder alters, looking as if he is trying to get the best angle for his shot.
The photographer had just stepped away from the camera to stretch his legs and when he returned he found the monkey mimicking him before making a swift exit shortly after.
A clever macaque put his camera skills to the test when he mimicked a photographer at the Tangkoko Nature Reserve, Indonesia
The comical video, said to have been recorded in Indonesia’s Tangkoko Nature Reserve, has captured the attention of social media users.
Sharing the clip, for which a date of recording is not known, Yashar Ali said: ‘This is amazing. @MogensTrolle was taking photos in Indonesia’s Tangkoko Nature Reserve when he got up to stretch his legs.
‘When he came back, he found this wild black crested macaque using his camera like a human being.
‘Our primate cousins learn almost everything by mimicking.’
One person replied: ‘Nature man, it’s incredible.’
Another said: ‘Wonderful – reinforces why we need to protect the habitat of our primate cousins.’
Mogens Trolle is a Danish prize-winning wildlife photographer, zoologist, mammal researcher and author.
He moves the camera around and watches as the view through the viewfinder alters, looking as if he is trying to get the best angle for his shot
The photographer has pictured wildlife for more than 25 years across the world.