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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Just like a baboon cowboy

We've already seen lots of baboons, but the troops along the river banks gave us an opportunity to see entire families enjoying an afternoon at the beach.

I love this young baboon, perched so contentedly on his mother's back. The reed he was playing with was obviously the best toy ever, but what I found fascinating was how he managed to avoid falling off what looks like a very precarious perch, even for a monkey.

Baboons don't have prehensile tails, so they only have their hands and feet to grip with, and this little guy's feet were relaxed. Maybe they just have an amazing sense of balance, or they only grip as necessary. I'm sure mom baboons everywhere are grateful if it's the latter.

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