Animals

By Jacob King


This is a real case of monkey see, monkey do – as a visitor to an animal sanctuary started mimicking an ape’s behaviour.

Jan Lorenzo Robles Adapon struck the perfect mirror pose of the small macaque as they both stared up into the sky and casually leaned back on a wall.

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He then decided to tease the macaque by aping its movements and looking the other way while the cheeky primate desperately tried to search his hands and pockets for food.

Jan’s sister Andrea Robles Adapon, 26, captured the hilarious interaction between the ‘siblings’ on camera.

Student Jan, 16, and retail photographer and assistant manager Andrea were visiting the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud, Indonesia, with their family for their mum’s birthday.

Andrea from Manila in the Philippines said: “My brother was curious if the monkey would still take a photo with people even if they didn’t give it food.

“He tried to trick the monkey that he had some food in his hand.

“He said he really did not mind that the monkey might get mad at him because he’s used to getting tackled in the sports he plays.

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“Surprisingly the monkey took my brother’s hand trying to find the food.

“The next second they were both bothered by the noise of the monkeys in the trees above and looked straight up in exactly the same way.

“They were both curiously looking to see if something was happening.

“After that my brother thought it would be funny to start copying him and looked in the opposite direction as if they were brothers.

“All the while the monkey, which I think was a macaque, was also trying to find food in my brother’s pockets.

“Surprisingly he was friendly and not at all frightened by all the people walking past.

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“I imagine it’s because they are well fed and taken care of by the management of the Sacred Monkey Forest.

“I was amazed by the photo because everything was in perfect timing – the friendly interaction with the monkey, the lighting, and the background.

“I immediately showed it to my family because it was all natural. They thought it was unique.”