CU­RIOS­ITY

BBC Earth (Asia) - - Nature -

A group of in­quis­i­tive young Celebes crested macaques are fas­ci­nated by their re­flec­tion in the cam­era lens. They are pic­tured in Tangkoko Na­tional Park on the In­done­sian is­land of Su­lawesi, where the Crit­i­cally En­dan­gered macaques have be­come used to hu­mans. Every time a pho­tog­ra­pher ap­proaches they gather round, cap­ti­vated, to stare at them­selves in the glass. Now, it is a fact that 18-month-old hu­man chil­dren take a while be­fore they recog­nise them­selves in a mir­ror. So it’s pos­si­ble that some no­tion of self-recog­ni­tion is be­gin­ning to dawn in the minds of these young­sters.

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