PHOTOS: Best Wild Animal Photos of 2008 Announced

PHOTOS: Best Wild Animal Photos of 2008 Announced
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Winner, "Animal Portraits" Category

"He would jump all over me, then run away," said Stefano Unterthiner of the black-crested macaque in this winning photo from the 2008 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. "He was always hanging around."

Unterthiner followed a group of the monkeys on Indonesia's Sulawesi island for six weeks, always wearing the same clothes, so they would recognize him.

The rare animals spend 99 percent of their time foraging in the forest and rarely venture along the shore, according to Unterthiner. Until recently the local tradition was to eat them for Christmas dinner, he added.
—Photograph by Stefano Unterthiner/Wildlife Photographer of the Year
 
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