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The most famous monkey selfie of all time is now the subject of a legal battle with Wikipedia

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From the ‘you can’t script it’ category comes this somewhat bizarre story about a pending legal entanglement between a clever monkey, a photographer, and Wikipedia. It all started back in 2011 when nature photographer David Slater had his equipment, erm, borrowed by a rather forthright primate who proceeded to take hundreds of selfies, including the ubiqitious one above which has since been adopted by Wikipedia in its Wikimedia Commons collection.

Slater requested they remove the image only to be advised by Wikipedia that they wouldn’t as it was technically the monkey who pushed the button on the camera to take the photo, not the David Slater himself. ‘But it was his camera, sir?’ Nope, according to Wikipedia, the copyright is legally held by the monkey, who, strangely enough, hasn’t had much to say about the proceedings.

Now the UK’s Telegraph are reporting that it’ll cost Slater an estimated £10,000 in legal fees to take the matter to court. All the while, Wikipedia remain unrepentant. Talk about taking the monkey!

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Baby seal is persistent in catching a wave on these dudes’ surf boards

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Surfer bros Matthew Stanley and Andrew Flounders were out enjoying the waves off of Amble in Northumberland, United Kingdom when something nudged Flounders’ foot from beneath the water’s surface. Cue: dun-dun-dun-dun. While most might mistake the unknown creature for a shark or Cthulhu, lucky for them it only turned out to be a curious baby seal.

‘Me and my friend Andrew Flounders were out enjoying some summer waves when this little guy came along and scared the hell out of Andy because we didn’t know what it was! It nudged his foot from underneath’, explained Stanley.

The seal repeatedly attempted to ride their boards, but failed to do so. They hung out with the seal for the next hour, even surfing alongside the creature all the way to the shore, before parting ways. Although the little guy didn’t seem to be hurt, Flounders says he called local marine wildlife just to be sure.