It’s a shame more monkeys don’t have the opportunity to gawk at themselves in the mirror. If they got to see what we see, they’d be blown away.
Luckily, some monkeys at a conservation area in Indonesia got to see their handsome selves in the mirror for the very first time, and yes, they were blown away.
So blown away that they spent a while checking themselves out and making all kinds of weird faces.
These photos were taken by Ronny Buol when he noticed Sulawesi black monkeys were crowding around a motorbike, reaching for the mirror.
According to Getty Images, after the monkey had seen his reflection, he “then tried block it out by sticking his hands behind the rearview mirror. Upset that his reflection didn’t disappear, the male monkeys then bit the mirrors and other motor parts.”
If the monkeys in these photos look familiar, it’s because they’re the same primates as the monkey that was at the centre of a copyright debate with David Slater back in 2014 (read more about it here).