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Native Californian, biologist, wildlife conservation consultant, retired Smithsonian scientist, father of two daughters, grandfather of 4 small primates. INTJ. Believes nature is infinitely more interesting than shopping malls. Born 100 years too late.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Some fakery and a laugh.

What excites the internet like tossing a rubber snake into a cage of monkeys?

Photoshop fakery of course.

Viewers were debating the authenticity of the photo when I became aware of it about a week ago.

I was also getting an unusually high number of blog hits, so I checked my blog's stats, and found new viewers from hook and bullet forums, snopes.comphotobomb and comedycentral.

I still didn't recognize the puma picture until someone traced the cat to yours truly.

The link took me to puma on the prowl, camera trapped about a hundred yards from my house.

Had some good chuckles reading the comments.

The rubber snake doesn't fool all the monkeys, but in many of them it stirs deep fears.

They're the ones that give you the best laughs.


Cougarmagic said...

This photo showed up in my inbox from about 10 different friends. I knew it was a fake, but it is well done. I'd say, consider it the sincerest form of flattery! Funny stuff.

Camera Trap Codger said...

Yes, someone saw possibilities in that photo.

Ben and Carrie Tracks said...

haha, yes indeed - fake, but funny and somehow it is the first time we've seen it! Thanks for sharing, and glad to have stumbled across your blog to follow


Filho Manfredini said...

Hi! Oh my god!!!
what's behind you is a Jaguar Puma?
I'm Brazilian!
and I work with "camera trap" on Amazon!

Luna Noelle said...

This would be more believable if the cat was in stalking/hunting mode, but still leaves the question of how the photo survived to publication. Still a great laugh though. Has had me browsing for the past two hours, I enjoy the coyote pictures immensely.