Animal Self Portraits

I have a soft place in my heart for "an animal stole my camera and check out the great pictures I found when I got it back" stories. There’ve been some good ones in the news this summer, so I thought I’d share with you three of my new favorites. First is a story from London’s Daily Mail in which a photographer loaned his camera to an Indonesian Macaque who proceeded to take a smiling self-portrait and many pictures of his monkey family as well. The pictures are almost too good to be true, and some commenters question whether they might be—which does make for some interesting reading. Along the same lines is a video that’s seemingly got half the Internet in an uproar because it’s surely a "fake" done to promote a little video camera. Whatever its origin story, it’s still a neat look flight from a perspective we don’t often see—the seagull perspective. Finally is a video that was shot by a lion in the Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve. It appears that she was encouraged to find this little video camera, which sure enough she did. She then took the running video camera for a walk. I don’t know that I’ll ever get tired of these animal-made videos and photos, and I’m sure the Internet will never fail to deliver them. If you’ve got a favorite, I hope you’ll share it in the comments.

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