Animals

By Kim Reader


This ‘amusing’ zoo scene looks like something from a cartoon strip as a mum and son monkey team appear to examine instructions on how to operate another young baboon.

In the funny snap one young baboon is intently staring at a sheet of cardboard as if it were a monkey manual while his motionless brother is leant over their mums lap and she pulls a quizzical expression.

 Brian Boyes/Mercury Press

Brian Boyes who captured the comical scene at Paignton Zoo, Devon, earlier this month said he felt like the mum was looking at her youngster as if to say, ‘you’ve got the instructions, now where do I put the batteries?’.

The 63-year-old retired detective inspector said the entertaining photo along with his comedic caption have given all his friends and fellow photographers a good laugh.

Brian from Great Bentley, Essex, said: “It was feeding time in the baboon enclosure and the monkey mother had obviously out one little one across her lap and was looking for nits or whatever they do.

“But then the other little one picked up this piece of cardboard and was examining it so carefully. The way the mum then peered up at him with this look on her face was so funny.

“It looked like she was saying ‘right you you’ve got the instructions, now where do I put the batteries?’.

 Brian Boyes/Mercury Press

“Because the young one over her lap was so still it really did look like they were trying to get him working again, it was really amusing.

“As soon as I looked back through the photos I thought ‘that’s quite a good one you’ve got there’. I posted it in some photography groups with that caption and everyone has found it do funny.

“It’s always the funny shots that seem to resonate with people and it helps that monkeys just look and behave so like us sometimes.

“I love watching the baboons, they are so comical. They are always playing with things on the floor and the babies run around and have a little squabble. They are strange creatures but so great to watch.”

A life-long love for fishing and the great outdoors first sparked Brian’s love of wildlife but it was his career in the police force that taught him the ins and outs of getting a good photo.

During his career, Brian completed a 10-week course which included modules on forensics, finger prints, practical murder enquiry and photography.

Brian Boyes/Mercury Press

Having the technical knowhow and his passion for nature inspired Brian to get into photography as a hobby when he retired five and a half years ago and he hasn’t looked back since.

Brian said: “I have been interested in fishing all through my life, even as a boy, and that really started my interest in wildlife.

“Being out and spending a lot of time on the river banks seeing kingfishers and herons sparked a really passion for nature. If it’s got fur or feathers I’m interested. I’m not a people person.

“But it was working for the police force that really got me into photography. Doing the course and understanding the workings of a camera really gave me a kick up the backside.

“And when I retired I got into it seriously as a hobby, I even sell photos now occasionally for postcards and canvases.

“Photography is a bit like fishing, you go out and you don’t know what you’re going to catch. Some days you come back with nothing, other days you come back with fantastic shots.

“Either way just being outside and around nature it’s great, it’s the whole package.”