A wildlife photographer was in the right place at the right time to capture on camera two vervet monkeys in a dramatic scene. The now viral photos were shoot in the Gaborne Game Reserve in Botswana.
As one of the monkeys collapsed on the ground, her mate appears to give her a mouth to mouth resuscitation. The 28-year-old photographer William Steel witnessed the incredible scene and snapped some great shots of it. However, it turned out the monkey wasn’t in danger at all. They were actually playing.
“In what I can only describe as dramatic fashion, the female monkey fell to the floor, with both legs and arms spread out,” Steel said. “At first, I couldn’t figure out what was happening, but as I picked up my camera, another monkey came sauntering in grabbing the monkey on the floor by its mouth and seemingly administering CPR.”
But the female was rather looking for some attention from her male pal, so she took advantage of the situation to steal him a kiss.
On reflection, I think the performance was all a cry for attention from the female,” the photographer added. “Bonds are formed largely through grooming. In my opinion, this compassion can sometimes be manipulated by attention-seeking individuals. It was an amusing moment to capture.”