When your smartphone goes missing, especially in the remote jungles of Johor, Malaysia, the chances of finding it are usually slim to none. Luckily for a man named Zackrydz Rodzi, not only did he manage to retrieve his lost phone, but he found a rather pleasant surprise in his picture gallery.
Rodzi, a 20-year-old computer science student awoke on Saturday, September 12 only to realize his phone was gone. Rodzi initially though he was the victim of a robbery, but later attributed the sudden disappearance to ‘some kind of sorcery’, after he had found no evidence of a robbery, according to BBC.
It wasn’t until the next day when Rodzi’s father noticed a rather suspicious-looking monkey outside of their home. Upon seeing the monkey, Rodzi and his father decided to call the missing phone as a last ditch effort. This is when they heard it ringing underneath some leaves under a tree behind their home.
Then, Rodzi discovered his camera roll was filled with hilarious photos, seemingly taken by the monkey, which he quickly posted to social media.
Take a look at the images below:
Something yang korang takkan jumpa setiap abad. Semalam pagi tido bangun bangun tengahari phone hilang. Cari cari satu rumah geledah sana sini semua takde then last last jumpa casing phone je tinggal bawah katil tapi phonenya takde. Sambung bawah. pic.twitter.com/0x54giujnY
— z (@Zackrydz) September 13, 2020
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a monkey go behind the camera and perform their own make-shift photo shoot. In 2011, a macaque monkey named Naruto managed to get hold of a camera owned by British photographer David Slater and snapped a few selfies. Unfortunately, the images taken by Naruto landed Slater in a two-year-long court battle with animal rights group PETA over who owned the pictures.
Slater argued that he owned the copyright to shared images, but Peta said the animal should benefit because it was the one who physically clicked the shutter on the camera.
A US court then ruled that copyright protection could not be applied to the monkey and subsequently dismissed Peta’s case. Slater did however agree to donate 25 percent of the revenue gathered from the image to a number of charities dedicated to the protection of Naruto and other macaques in Indonesia, according to the BBC.
Image credit: Screenshot/ @Zackrydz