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The art of taking selfies has officially been adopted by the animal kingdom, and it's one of the most hilarious things going viral right now. From zoo residents to family pets, these animals are posing, smiling, and even grouping up for the camera. The resulting photos are both adorable and fascinating, as they provide a window into the private lives of the wild's most mysterious creatures.

While it's possible to make pets take selfies by touching a smartphone screen, for more exotic animals, a clever method was created. It's called camera trapping, which means the photo is taken when the animal touches or approaches a motion-sensing device near the lens. It's a totally safe and non-invasive trick, and it captures even the most dangerous predators in candid, sincerely funny moments.

One mischievous monkey in Indonesia caused a scandal with her selfie in 2014 after she got her hands on a British photographer's equipment. The images were stunning, and lead to several heated court cases over their true author and copyright holder. It was finally determined that the monkey - a gorgeous Celebes crested macaque - took the pictures herself, making them public domain. Now everyone can freely enjoy her irresistible toothy grin.

Take a look at some of the best animal selfies making their way around the web right now, and while you're at it, double-check that your own furbaby hasn't run off with your phone.

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Self-Portrait Of A Female Celebes Crested Macaque, Who Had Picked Up Photographer David Slater's Camera And Photographed Herself With It

Self-Portrait Of A Female Celebes Crested Macaque, Who Had Picked Up Photographer David Slater's Camera And Photographed Herself With It

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I Woke Up Like This

I Woke Up Like This

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My Cousin Wanted A Selfie With A Kangaroo

My Cousin Wanted A Selfie With A Kangaroo

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But First Let Me Take A Selfie

But First Let Me Take A Selfie

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Tufted Titmouse Selfie

Tufted Titmouse Selfie

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Horse Selfie

Horse Selfie

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Pikelet Taking A Selfie With Foster Puppies

Pikelet Taking A Selfie With Foster Puppies

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Lion Selfie

Lion Selfie

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BFF Selfie Time

BFF Selfie Time

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Caught Our Husky Taking Selfies In Bed

Caught Our Husky Taking Selfies In Bed

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well when you look this good you have to share it with the world

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Travelling In Indonesia, Monkey Pick Pocketed Me And Left Behind This Selfie

Travelling In Indonesia, Monkey Pick Pocketed Me And Left Behind This Selfie

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Cat Takes Selfie To Prove He Is Being Abused

Cat Takes Selfie To Prove He Is Being Abused

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Charlie The Sea Otter Takes A Selfie In The Exhibit

Charlie The Sea Otter Takes A Selfie In The Exhibit

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Just Hanging Wif My Friends

Just Hanging Wif My Friends

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I Found A Series Of Selfies On My Camera. The Milk Teeth Aren't Helping

I Found A Series Of Selfies On My Camera. The Milk Teeth Aren't Helping

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Kitten Selfie: The Very Best Kind Of Selfie

Kitten Selfie: The Very Best Kind Of Selfie

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When You Take A Picture And The Selfie Cam Surprises You

When You Take A Picture And The Selfie Cam Surprises You

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Fresh Out Of The Shower, No Makeup, Selfie!

Fresh Out Of The Shower, No Makeup, Selfie!

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Tried To Take A Selfie With My Dog. Turned Out Great

Tried To Take A Selfie With My Dog. Turned Out Great

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"Lol Just Me Cooking In The Kitchen"

"Lol Just Me Cooking In The Kitchen"

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Bae Caught Me Slippin

Bae Caught Me Slippin

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Selfie Time

Selfie Time

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This Little Goober's Selfie

This Little Goober's Selfie

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Taught My Chickens How To Selfie

Taught My Chickens How To Selfie

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I Met This Little Guy Today, But First He Took A Selfie

I Met This Little Guy Today, But First He Took A Selfie

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It’s An Instagram Koala Takeover!

It’s An Instagram Koala Takeover!

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When You Accidentally Open Your Front Camera

When You Accidentally Open Your Front Camera

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Cat Wanted To Take A Selfie

Cat Wanted To Take A Selfie

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So Today I Was Taking A Photo Of A Litter Of One Week Old Puppies When I Got Photobombed By My Other Dog

So Today I Was Taking A Photo Of A Litter Of One Week Old Puppies When I Got Photobombed By My Other Dog

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Let A Sloth Take A Selfie On My Phone In The Amazon

Let A Sloth Take A Selfie On My Phone In The Amazon

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I Dropped My Phone And My Chicken Took A Selfie

I Dropped My Phone And My Chicken Took A Selfie

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I Can't Decide If He Is The Most Interesting Dog Or The Happiest Dog Ever

I Can't Decide If He Is The Most Interesting Dog Or The Happiest Dog Ever

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Hmmm. Looks Like Someone Could Really Use A Pair Of Sunnies At The Moment

Hmmm. Looks Like Someone Could Really Use A Pair Of Sunnies At The Moment

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When You Sneak A Quick Selfie On Your Girls Phone

When You Sneak A Quick Selfie On Your Girls Phone

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It Looks Like My Dog Is Taking A Selfie Of Him And My Wife In This Pic

It Looks Like My Dog Is Taking A Selfie Of Him And My Wife In This Pic

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When My Dog Wants To Do A Selfie While My Cat Wants Nothing To Do With It

When My Dog Wants To Do A Selfie While My Cat Wants Nothing To Do With It

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Come On Guys Lets Take A Selfie, Say Cheese

Come On Guys Lets Take A Selfie, Say Cheese

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Tiger Selfie

Tiger Selfie

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Gizmo! Stop Taking Pictures Of Yourself Like Those Girls On Facebook

Gizmo! Stop Taking Pictures Of Yourself Like Those Girls On Facebook

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

LOL, my gf's cat is the same color, and she named him to Gizmo too...

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Golia Selfie

Golia Selfie

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My Cat Upped Her Selfie Game

My Cat Upped Her Selfie Game

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Dog Selfie And Photobomb

Dog Selfie And Photobomb

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Sarah Callaghan
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There's three kinds of people in this world... please tell me these aren't them.

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My Dog Doing His Selfie Thing

My Dog Doing His Selfie Thing

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I Met A Raccoon On The Beach And He Took A Selfie

I Met A Raccoon On The Beach And He Took A Selfie

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Doggo Selfie Time

Doggo Selfie Time

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Chinmayee Kalghatgi
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

For a moment i thought that the hand in the background was the dog o-o

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My Cat Took A Selfie

My Cat Took A Selfie

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Quokka Selfie

Quokka Selfie

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pakiyeetus
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hello darkness, my old friend. I’ve come to talk with you again.

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Dat Selfie, Doe

Dat Selfie, Doe

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The Cutest, Most Awkward 100 Lbs One-Eye Boerboel Selfie You Will Probably Ever See

The Cutest, Most Awkward 100 Lbs One-Eye Boerboel Selfie You Will Probably Ever See

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Sloth Taking A Selfie

Sloth Taking A Selfie

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I Need A Selfie Stick

I Need A Selfie Stick

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Best Selfie Ever

Best Selfie Ever

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Selfie With A Kangaroo

Selfie With A Kangaroo

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Her First Attempt At A Selfie

Her First Attempt At A Selfie

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Quokka Selfie

Quokka Selfie

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A Great Selfie From My Girlfriend's Dog

A Great Selfie From My Girlfriend's Dog

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