Watch Capuchin Steal GoPro And Take Monkey Selfies With His Pals [Video]

Cole Weber decided it was a good idea to put his GoPro in a tree to get some candid footage of some white faced Capuchin monkeys, never imagining that one of them would steal it. In fact, not only did it steal the camera, but took some fun monkey selfies along the way.

It happened in Manuel Antonia National Park in Costa Rica. Weber, 18, popped the GoPro into the branches of a tree in the hope of getting some stealthy video of the white-faced Capuchin monkeys playing around in the trees in the area.

One curious monkey snuck up to the camera and sneakily grabbed it, taking the GoPro to show his friends and ending up with a series of hilarious monkey selfies as the Capuchins tried to figure out what the GoPro was and whether it was edible.

The Mirror Online quotes Weber, who hails from California, as saying there was a group of around 10 or 11 monkeys close by that were “sleeping, playing and eating near a trail through the park.” Fascinated by the antics of the monkeys, Weber decided to put the camera in a tree nearby.

“I put my GoPro in a tree, hoping that one of them might come near it for a cool video.”

“I honestly had no idea one of them would take it!”

Weber said when he saw the Capuchin monkey steal his GoPro, his immediate fear was that it would take the camera deeper into the forest and he wouldn’t be able to get it back.

Luckily for Weber, he had his phone connected to the GoPro’s WiFi and could watch the hilarious footage as the Capuchin took monkey selfies live from his phone as it happened.

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Cole could see the monkey from his position within the trees and as soon as the monkeys decided the camera didn’t taste good, they reportedly got bored with it and dropped it. Just as Weber decided to go and get the camera, along came yet another monkey who picked it up and took it back up into the trees.

“He didn’t keep it for very long as he dropped it after he inspected it,” said Weber.

He went on to say that when he showed the video footage with the fun monkey selfies to his friends, most of them were amazed and thought it was awesome.

“Everyone’s commented on how lucky I was to have had it recording.”

Luckily for Weber, the Capuchin that stole his GoPro can’t take him to court to claim copyright for the images it took.

Most people will remember the famous, 6-year-old Macaque monkey, Naruto, who took incredible close up monkey selfies last year. As reported by the Inquisitr, PETA tried to sue to get copyright of the images on behalf of the macaque monkey but ended up losing out.

A federal judge went on to say that the monkey, who grabbed a British nature photographer’s camera in the Indonesian jungle and snapped the amazing selfies, cannot own the intellectual property rights to those photos.

[Photo via Flickr by Luca5, cropped and resized/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]

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