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Bekily the ring tail lemur takes a selfie

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Anything Bradley Cooper et al can do, I can do better. That's the motto of Bekily the ring tail lemur, who has posed for a series of rather dashing selfies at ZSL London Zoo.

Keen for his moment in the limelight, the 12-year-old lemur grabbed the camera from his keeper during feeding time this week and snapped a few close-ups of his own, handsome mug.

"We're always taking quick pics of the animals we look after - as with workmates this cute, it's hard to resist - but Bekily definitely wanted to get in on the action himself this time," keeper Tegan McPhail said.

"As I was snapping away, he grabbed the camera lens and pulled it towards his own face. It took him a few attempts but he got a great profile pic in the end.

"I doubt we'll be entering his pics into photography competitions anytime soon; however I think he did a pretty good job!"

Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres broke a record for the most tweeted image ever at the weekend, after posting this selfie of Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Lupita Nyong'o and more (taken by a long-armed Bradley Cooper) from the Oscars red carpet:

Selfies, of course, are a long-standing feature in the world of celebrity, serving both as a useful self-promotional tool and a way of stars offering fans a glimpse into their personal lives. This selection of the best celebrity selfies show just how addictive they can be but there is a certain psychology to the particularly brash mode of self-expression, which we explore here.

It's unsurprising therefore, that animals want to get in on the act. In fact, puppies have been much quicker off the selfie mark than the rest of the animal kingdom, as these pictures show.

Long live the beast-based selfies, we say. We can't wait to see what happens when cats, gorillas and other animals get in on the trend too.

Photos: ZSL London Zoo/Rex Features

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