Photographer Atsuyuki Ohshima captured a rare photo of one monkey’s cowboy behavior. The photo, taken on Japan’s Yakushima Island, is titled “Forest Rodeo.”
Macaques have been observed riding sika deer before, scientists said. As Ohshima suggested, sometimes the monkeys just take the rides for fun.
These native Japanese species have long coexisted and even share a symbiotic relationship, Inverse reported.
The monkeys leave fruit behind, which the deer eat. The monkeys groom the deers , by jumping on their backs and pulling off insects.
But other times, a macaque’s motivations may be less pure.
Ohshima said that didn’t seem to be occurring in this case in the official caption for the photo on the Natural History Museum’s website.
The frame is one of 16 highly commended photos in this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. The Natural History Museum in London is responsible for the development and production of Wildlife Photographer of the year.
The judges for this year’s contest sorted through 49,957 entries from hopeful photographers across 95 countries. The panel of judges chose 100 photos to display in London on October 13.
The winners of the 59th Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition will be announced on October 10.
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