BBC Host Barters With a Monkey Who Stole His iPhone

We’ve previously written about naughty macaque monkeys who steal all sorts of items from tourists. BBC reporter Chris Packham sought to find out why they do this.

In testing out a theory, Packham “allowed” a monkey to steal his iPhone. Packham then sought out the thieving primate in order to negotiate terms for the return of his phone. The monkey was offered a choice of different foods – nuts, bananas and eggs. Once Packham tossed over all three items, the monkey abandoned the previously coveted iPhone for Packham’s retrieval. Essentially, the monkey was holding the phone hostage for a good meal.

Monkeys who steal valuables from humans and then barter for their return. These animal liars, cheats and hustlers really will stop at nothing to get a meal.

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails.