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July 22, 2014

4 Must-see Baboon Pics that are totally bananas!

Baboons are a hotly debated topic in the Western Cape, and particularly so with regards to their interactions with tourists who explore some of Cape Town’s natural treasures such as Cape Point.

Every year, countless handbags, picnic baskets, and cars get ransacked by eager primates displaying remarkable intelligence as they hunt down packets of chips, chocolates, fruit and juices. Unfortunately, sometimes the whole bag gets grabbed, including camera and wallet, or the juice box gets baboon canines sunk into it while still in the car, leading to a sticky sticky situation!

On the other hand, when they’re not bothering you - or you bothering them - they are some of the more entertaining animals to watch while they play, with complex social interactions and intelligence, and they are an inherent part of our natural landscape. This was, after all, their home first, and the encroachment of civilisation has forever changed the dynamics of their interaction with their environment.

In the town we reside in, baboon interactions are generally with residents at their homes (as opposed to with tourists out exploring), so countless fruit bowls, mugs, glasses and so forth have fallen in the fray, and sometimes larger items have also been irreparably damaged, so it is not often that we really do smile when they appear on the property… but a recent interaction provided a very welcome break from the usual consternation when the resident troop of baboons were genuinely taken aback by the diminutive stature of our fearless Yorkshire terriers, and spent the better part of their visit marvelling over these strange little things.

Lookout! Predator!

The wise old sentry sits atop his vantage point and cries his message to all who can hear.

Predator? Better check this out…

Keen to assert themselves in the pack, the younger, more adventurous baboons decide that this predator needs further inspection.

Advance the troops!

Feeling confident about their superior size and numbers, the baboons form up on their adversary.

That’s not a real dog!

Confronted by a burrito on legs, the young baboons try to determine if the sentry was pulling their legs.

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