DZG’s Sulawesi crested macaque, Simon, couldn’t resist attempting a selfie when a mobile phone was dropped into his enclosure.
Nineteen-year-old Sarah Bate, was trying to take a photograph of the macaque group on her phone, when she accidentally dropped it over the side of the Tecton enclosure.
Sarah, from Cannock, said: “I couldn’t believe what I’d done and had to watch as the large macaque went and picked it up from the floor and then ran off with it.”
Luckily primate keepers were able to quickly retrieve the mobile by coercing the macaques inside with some food, but not before Simon managed to get his hands on it and attempt a selfie.
Upper Primates Section Leader, Pat Stevens, said: “The phone case was very shiny and I think Simon was intrigued by his own reflection and ran around the climbing frame with it in his hand for quite a while before we were able to get them inside.
“Luckily the phone was in one piece and still working when I handed it back and we got Sarah to check Simon hadn’t made any calls while it was in his hands.”
Sarah added: “I was very grateful to the keepers for rescuing my phone. I haven’t visited the zoo for years, but this is definitely a tale to tell, but I know now to keep my phone tucked away in my bag when I come next time!”
Caption: Upper Primates Section Leader, Pat Stevens, returns the rescued mobile phone to Sarah Bate.