Other Animals

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“I opened the photo gallery, and boom. Everything was there.”

The other morning, Zackrydz Rodzi woke up at home in Malaysia and was surprised to discover that his cell phone wasn’t where he’d put it the night before. Oddly, he only found the phone’s case.

“I thought it was some kind of robbery,” Rodzi told The Dodo. “It was bizarre.” 

Turns out, there had been a robbery. But what Rodzi could never have guessed is who the prime suspect would end up being.

Zackrydz Rodzi

Rodzi searched high and low for the phone, just in case he’d misplaced it somewhere, though he failed to find it.

That is, until:

“I asked my brother to give a call [to my phone] while I was searching for it in my backyard,” Rodzi said. “I heard the ringtone near the jungle behind my house.”

There, in the jungle, Rodzi found his phone — and on it, evidence of the likely thief.

Zackrydz Rodzi

The phone had been dropped in mud, which caused some internal damage. But lucky for Rodzi, it still worked.

He decided to check it for clues.

“I opened the photo gallery, and boom. Everything was there,” Rodzi said. “Photos. Selfies.”

Zackrydz Rodzi

A monkey, so it seems, had been the one to steal Rodzi’s phone — and he wasn’t shy about putting it to use.

Zackrydz Rodzi

The monkey had gone on a selfie spree.

Zackrydz Rodzi

The more Rodzi scrolled through the photos, the less he felt upset about his phone having been taken.

Zackrydz Rodzi

“I went from mad, to having tears of joy. I think it’s hilarious,” Rodzi said.

Zackrydz Rodzi

Many of the monkey’s photos weren’t so clear, especially as the phone’s internals became damaged.

But included among the shots were a handful of pretty artful ones — like these forest scenes from a monkey’s perspective.

Zackrydz Rodzi

“I believe that the monkey has some serious skills that need to be sharpened. It’s great,” Rodzi said. “And for a first-timer as well!”

Zackrydz Rodzi

Here’s a fuller look at what Rodzi found on his phone:

Zackrydz Rodzi

“It’s not something that you see every day,” Rodzi said.

Zackrydz Rodzi

Unfortunately, Rodzi said, moisture exposure may have damaged the phone beyond repair. But he has no hard feelings towards the monkey thief, who he believes snuck into the house through a window left open that night.

“It’s fine. I can’t blame him,” Rodzi said. “I just never would have thought it was a monkey who stole my phone.”

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