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Photographer David Slater knew that crested black macaques were an inquisitive breed of monkeys, but he couldn't have predicted their passion for self-portraiture. During a trip to an Indonesian jungle, he left his camera out on a tripod and returned to find that an intrepid monkey had gotten a hold of the device. The animal was initially startled by the camera's sounds and there was a lot of "grimacing with their teeth showing," but he calmed down and started a photo shoot, taking hundreds of pictures, Slater told The Telegraph. Soon there was teeth-baring of a different sort—the macaque pictured here appears to have mastered the art of cheesing it up for the camera. Are mirror shots with pouty lips for Facebook profile images next?


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