A man who lost his phone in a jungle behind his house was surprised to see the antics of an apparently tech-savvy and self-obsessed monkey who clicked selfies and even tried to eat the phone.
The Malaysian man says one fine day he found his phone lost out of nowhere. Later it was discovered from a jungle behind his house, and when he opened the gallery he was shocked.
One of the hilarious footages Zackrydz Rodzi shared on twitter was a video of the money apparently trying to eat the device. Viewers can see inside the primate’s mouth as it puts the phone in, and sometimes it stares back in the camera with a backdrop of green leaves and foliages. It went viral on Twitter.
“There was no sign of robbery. The only thing on my mind was is it some kind of sorcery,” the final year computer science student from Batu Pahat told the British news agency BBC.
Speaking to the BBC, Rodzi said he realized his phone went missing after he woke up at 11 am on a Saturday morning. On Sunday afternoon he rung the phone and discovered it ringing in muddied conditions just a few steps back of his garden.
While monkeys are not rare in urban neighborhoods, them stealing a phone, which Rodzi suspects is his case, is rare and “something that you might see once in a century,” he wrote on Twitter. The post was viewed several thousand times and widely covered by local media, including international.
This is not the first time monkeys gained media attention over ‘selfies.’ In 2011, a macaque monkey called Naruto managed to successfully snap some ‘selfies’ using a camera owned by David Slater from Monmouthshire, the BBC reported.
Later when the images were out, it led to a legal battle between animal rights charity PETA and Mr. Slater who claimed to own the copyrights.
PETA argued since the monkey clicked the shutter, they must get the benefit. But Mr. Slater argued he owned the copyright.
A US court later settled the matter saying copyright cannot go to a monkey and Mr. Slater agreed to donate 25% the revenue generated from the images for the protection of Naruto and other crested macaques in Indonesia.