After all, the camera trap is a novelty, although it strives to be too cryptic to notice.
Most often animals march right by, or continue unperturbed with the day’s business…
This is true of elephants,
A discrete camera will record who is there and what they are doing…
But, once noticed the camera trap elicits a response that can seem like
These bonobos are at least mildly spooked.
Perhaps it is the metallic taste or a residual human odor.
Is the leopard trying to elicit a reaction?
Even Congo Peafowl seem intrigued….are they seeing their reflection in that bit of glass?
And a group of Lesula, newly discovered terrestrial primate species, gather to examine it from a few angles.
But generally the camera trap inspection and “mild alarm” do not result in marked avoidance or any perceptible change of behavior. Nevertheless, the elephant’s “curiosity” — not surprisingly – has led to loss of camera traps. A sort of innocent thievery.
So be it….