Many of us get enthralled in social media these days. And for photographers, that means Instagram in particular. But one Instagram user is going viral for a very unusual reason. They’re a chimpanzee. They scroll through the feeds, look at images and videos then flick back like a pro.
Despite not having an LCD that lets you review your photos & video, it turns out you can chimp with a 360° camera. The New York times were filming for The Daily 360 at the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Laikipia, Kenya. A curious chimp came along to see what was going on. Quizzically looking at the camera stood on its, appropriately named, GorillaPod, it picks up a stick to poke it.
A keeper off to the side starts to laugh, amused at the chimp’s behaviour. Then as the chimp actually manages to get hold of the camera, they start trying to reason with the chimp to give it back.
Chimpanzees are one of the cleverest animals in existence, it is not for nothing that they are called our relatives. (Then again, octopi are quite clever too) They are considered one of the first animals to use tools. The Royal Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem, Netherlands just reinforced that about them as one of the Chimpanzees in the zoo used a stick to knock a camera drone out of the sky.