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“I’LL just make a few adjustments, then I’ll get my best side.” Melbourne Zoo gorilla Kimya looks born for social media selfies as she investigates a camera placed in her enclosure by Sunday Herald Sun photographer David Caird. A host of zoo animals framed their own shots, with amazing results.
CURIOUS critters stole the show at Melbourne Zoo as animals got up close and personal with the camera.
Sunday Herald Sun photographer David Caird said reactions to his equipment were a mixed bag.
He explained some took a liking to the lens more than others.
“The squirrel monkeys looked to be flexing, almost taking a selfie with the camera,” Caird said.
“Others, like the red panda, were a little more cautious, carefully inspecting the new addition to their enclosure.” The images came from the clever use of different cameras, including a GoPro.
Some animals were able to see themselves while inside the enclosure, which he said allowed for spectacular photos.
“The idea was to get a different perspective on things,” Caird said.
“Not too many photos have a giraffe looking up into the lens or have monkeys holding the camera.”
Not everything went to plan, however — due to some cheeky monkeys involved.
“The set-up saw some ... let’s say, challenges,” he said.
“When I was placing the cameras inside the squirrel monkey enclosure, they actually tried to steal my camera. He tried to swipe it.”