By Shweta Sharma
A photographer has captured the cheeky side of an extremely rare monkey as it stuck out its tongue at him.
Mogens Trolle, 50, from Denmark, was in Qinling Mountains, Shaanxi Province, in China, when he spotted the troop of endangered Golden Snub-Nosed monkey frolicking in the woods.
He quickly pointed his camera at the monkeys’ magnificent blue face when he saw them repeatedly sticking their tongues out.
Mogens, who is a wildlife biologist and mammal researcher turned wildlife photographer said: “Each monkey species has its own temperament and own way of expressing itself.
“When I photograph a monkey species, I always look for those special expressions.
“I found that the golden snub-nosed monkey often briefly sticks out its tongue while observing other members of the troop.
“It somehow expresses its mood and is maybe some kind of signal to others.
“Visually it gave a beautiful effect, a dotting of the I: the bright orange fur and blue face complimented by the pink tongue creates a tricolour effect not seen in any other mammal.”
The Golden Snub-Nose monkey is one of the most cold-adapted primates in the world.
The monkeys are limited to temperate forests on mountains in four provinces in China: Sichuan, Gansu, Shaanxi, and Hubei and are found at elevations of 1,500-3,400 m.
The average annual temperature is 6.4 °C with a minimum of -8.3 °C in January and a maximum of 21.7 °C in July.
The biologist said the wild troop was comfortable with his presence as they are being studied by biologists and used to people.
Mogens said: “The golden snub-nosed monkey is endangered and restricted to a relatively small region in Western China.
“Snow and freezing temperatures are common in the forested mountains where it lives.
“It develops an extremely thick, lush winter coat and, in addition, the adult males grow a long-haired cape.
“The troop I studied had about 70 members. This wild troop was being studied by biologists and therefore was used to people.
“This allowed me to get close enough to the monkeys to take their portraits.”
Mogen posts his amazing work on his Instagram profile @mogenstrolle