Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Celebes black ape (photographer extraordinaire)

This fine looking fellow is a Celebes black ape (aka. Celebes crested macaque).

Britannica indicates that these beautiful creatures are arboreal monkeys from Celebes and surrounding islands in Indonesia. It also mentions that certain tribes see it as an ancestor. I'm assuming that this is not a scientific belief in evolution, although it may be something sort of like that. It's hard to say because wikipedia doesn't mention this and searching failed to turn up anything but other references to Britannica.

If anyone has details of tribal beliefs regarding this creature, please post and let me know!

Perhaps most notably, a Celebes black ape launched a huge discussion about copyright when it took the so-called monkie selfie. Strangely, despite having the decision come down on the side of less copyright, I'm not really satisfied. I personally have a strong belief that copyright should be short and far less intrusive than it is now. Yet, in this case it feels like the photographer got screwed.

In the future I assume he'll use a wireless trigger to take the photos while the monkeys handle the camera.

On a related note, spell check tells me that it is "monkeys" and not "monkies". Also, the musical band is "The Monkees".


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