Ready for my close-up

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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.”

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