Edinburgh Zoo reveal animal ‘selfie’ stars

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ANIMALS at Edinburgh Zoo have been joining the photography craze of the ‘selfie’ after cameras were put in their enclosures in a bid to capture unique portraits of some of the attractions inhabitants.

The cameras were activated by a grip sensor and started shooting as soon as they were ‘picked up’ - or touched - by the animals.

A koala selfie taken by an RE Camera.

A koala selfie taken by an RE Camera.

And the results included a posing penguin, a koala close up and even a the inside of a yawning hippo’s mouth - as well as a rather bemused looking wallaby.

Jon-Paul Orsi, Digital Manager for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, commented: “We do a lot of our own photography on-site and these shots offer something completely different – the animals showing off their true personalities. We were surprised by how much they enjoyed being in front of the camera, particularly with one of our resident koalas hogging the limelight.”

The cameras were provided by HTC, and Ben Walsh from HTC said: “We know the most popular thing on the internet is funny pictures that owners take of their pets so at HTC were glad we’ve made a camera so brilliant and simple that animals can finally join us humans and start taking selfies too. With koalas taking the most pictures of themselves, expect to see their Instagram feeds full of koala selfies.”

A penguin selfie taken by an RE Camera.

A penguin selfie taken by an RE Camera.