Orangutan takes photos, shares them on Facebook

An orangutan in the Vienna Zoo takes pictures that are uploaded to Facebook. No, she didn’t take the self-portrait.

(Credit: Nonja’s Facebook page)

She’s like the Ashton Kutcher of the ape world: an orangutan in the Vienna Zoonow has a Facebook fan pageto showcase the photos she takes with a digital camera. The orangutan, named Nonja, uses a Samsung ST 1000 point-and-shoot that automatically uploads the photos.
When this post was published, Nonja had over 9,000 “fans” subscribed to her page.
But there’s a catch: coverage of the camera-toting apein the U.K.’s Daily Mailexplains that the camera has been modified to dispense a raisin whenever the shutter button is pushed. So Nonja is evidently more interested in tasty treats than in artistic endeavors.
The non-orangutan version of the Samsung ST 1000was released this summer(though not in the U.S.) and is equipped with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.
Caroline McCarthy, a CNET News staff writer, is a downtown Manhattanite happily addicted to social-media tools and restaurant blogs. Her pre-CNET resume includes interning at an IT security firm and brewing cappuccinos.E-mail Caroline.

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