A baby baboon had a frightening- but ultimately harmless- encounter with a lioness, and two photographers happened to be there when it happened.
Evan Schiller and Lisa Holzwarth were on a game drive in the northern Botswana’s Selinda area when they came across a big troop of baboons charging through the bush.
“30-40 baboons were heading in our general direction making a lot of noise,” Lisa recalls.
The baboons were obviously frightened by something and they all scampered up trees, shouting, alarming, and making a big scene. It quickly became clear what the problem was: two large lionesses came out of the tall grass and rushed the baboons into the trees, soon joined by two more lionesses.
“Between the baboons shrieking and the lionesses communicating with deep guttural roars, it was a mad scene,” Lisa says, “but then the real chaos began! One brave baboon descended the dead tree and tried to make a run for it…
Here’s where it gets interesting: Waiting in a nearby tree is a big male baboon, who is obviously intent on saving the baby. The male lions were causing such a ruckus that it presented a short window of opportunity for the brave hero to descend the tree, grab the baby and head back to safety.
The photographer said at this point, “I was touched by how gently the father baboon held this little baby who was in tough shape after its ordeal.”
Phew…. and what an ordeal it was…
Happy Monkday :_)