Malaysian man ‘finds’ monkey selfies on lost phone

BBC – A Malaysian man said he found monkey selfies and videos on his missing phone a day after retrieving it in the jungle behind his house.

The content – including footage of a monkey that appears to be trying to eat the phone – has been widely shared on social media since Zackrydz Rodzi posted it on Twitter.

The student said he thought his phone had been stolen while he was sleeping.

But it remained unclear exactly how the mobile went missing. It was also not possible to verify the circumstances in which the photos and videos ended up on his phone.

Zackrydz, 20, told the BBC he realised his smartphone was gone when he woke up on Saturday morning. “There was no sign of robbery. The only thing on my mind was is it some kind of sorcery,” said the final year computer science student from Batu Pahat, Johor.

A few hours later, in a video shared with the BBC that was time-coded 2.01pm that same day, a monkey appeared to be trying to eat the phone.

The primate can be seen staring down the camera against a backdrop of leaves and crowing birds. There were also a series of photos of the monkey, trees and other foliage on the phone.

Zackrydz said he failed to find any trace of his phone until Sunday afternoon when his father noticed a monkey outside their house. On calling his phone again he heard ringing from the jungle a few steps beyond the back garden, he said, then discovered the muddied phone on some leaves beneath a palm tree.

His uncle joked that maybe there was a photo in the phone of the thief, he said, so after cleaning it he opened the picture gallery “and boom, it’s full of monkey photos”.