A young baboon’s first step out into the big bad world can be daunting, but with a sibling on hand to try it out with, it can only be fun. I was out on an afternoon safari, and found a troop of baboons, finishing up their day. Between all the flea picking and playful teenagers, were two fresh-out-the-oven babies, exploring their playground for the first time.
Once they had broken free from their mother’s protective grip, they headed straight for an old, dead log and began climbing it. I use the term climbing loosely, as they battled their way to the middle. The climbing quickly evolved to trying to push the other one off the branch, which lead to shrieks of fear and delight – all very entertaining for the photographers that were present! At one point, the braver of the two tried his hand at a live tree, and made it all of thirty centimetres off the floor – his more timid companion stood in awe! I spent a magic forty-five minutes clicking away at the babies, as they tried to figure it all out.
From time to time, the mothers would pop their heads into the little explorers club, just to make sure everything was still OK, only to be met with blatant rejection, as the now cool young guns continued up to the middle of the big old branch.
The time did come though when they were all played out (meaning they were hungry), and went scuttling back to their mothers for milk. Firmly attached to their mother’s belly, they were escorted back to the troops roost for the night.
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