A Malaysian man says he found the monkey selfie and video on his missing phone the day after retrieving it in the woods behind his house.
The content – including footage of a monkey who appears to be trying to eat the phone – has been widely shared on social media as Zackrydz Rodzi posted it on Twitter.
The student said that he thought his phone was stolen while sleeping.
But it was not clear how the mobile disappeared.
It was also not possible to verify the circumstances in which the photos and videos ended up on her phone.
Mr Zacrydz, 20, told the BBC that he realized that his smartphone had picked up at around 11 am on Saturday.
“There was no sign of robbery. The only thing on my mind was some sort of sorcery.”
Hours later, in a video shared with the BBC, which was coded at 2.01 pm the same day, a monkey appeared trying to eat the phone. The primate can be seen staring at the camera with a background of bright green leaves.
There were also a series of photographs of monkeys, trees and other curtains on the phone.
Mr. Zacrydz said he failed to find any trace of his phone until Sunday afternoon when his father spotted a monkey outside his house. On his phone call he heard a few steps from the forest a few steps from the back garden, he said, then discovered the phone muddied on some leaves under a palm tree.
His uncle jokingly said there was probably a photo in the thief’s phone, he said, so after cleaning it up he opened the picture gallery “and boom, this monkey is full of photos”.
The student said that unlike some parts of the world where monkeys live or live in urban areas, there is no history of monkeys. He suspects that the monkey may have entered the house through his brother’s open bedroom window.
“Something you can see once in a century,” he tweeted in a post on Sunday that was shared and liked several thousand times and picked up by local media outlets.
This was not the first time that the monkey’s selfie made headlines. In 2017, a British photographer settled a two-year legal battle against an animal rights group over an image taken by a macaque.
In 2011, Naruto, a macaque monkey in the Indonesian jungle, picked up a camera owned by David Slater of Monmouthshire and snapped a series of “selfies”.
Mr Slater argued that he owned the copyright to the widely shared image, but animal rights charity PETA said the animal should benefit because it clicks the shutter.
An American court ruled that copyright protection could not be applied to the monkey and dismissed PETA’s case, but Mr. Slater made 25 of any future revenue from the image protecting Naruto and other threatened macaques in Indonesia. % Agreed to donate.