Maybe it just wanted to take a selfie.
A curious lemur in Madagascar tried to grab the camera from a photographer who was attempting to take its picture.
Photographer Lucas Bracali said he was “really surprised” when the lemur, a native of the African island nation, swung down from the tree it is was in and tried to grab the camera, British news agency SWNS reports.
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“I was taking a photo of the lemur when all of a sudden he climbed down and tried to grab my camera,” Bracali, 54, said in comments obtained by SWNS. “He hung upside down and reached out towards my camera. I couldn’t believe it, I was really surprised!”
“I used a super wide-angle and I remained pretty close to the ground with the lens all the way up waiting for the lemur to come down,” Bracali added.
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The photo, taken in Andasibe National Park, shows the lemur’s hands outstretched toward the camera while hanging upside down from the tree. Bracali, who switched to wildlife photography from sports journalism, said he enjoys the unpredictability of animals.
“I enjoy wildlife photography so much because with the animal, it’s a real thorough game,” he added. “You cannot bribe them, you can not make any kind of agreement, it’s just a matter of patience and ‘carpe diem!'”
According to the Duke Lemur Center in North Carolina, which is home to 14 different species of lemur, the curious creatures are “the most endangered group of mammals in the world.”
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