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Strange Baboon behavior at Dutch zoo baffles everyone
08-04-2013, 03:51 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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What are they sensing? damned.gif

Zoologists are baffled by the strange behaviour of a troop of baboons at a Dutch zoo which have become inexplicably withdrawn, apparently fearful of an unseen threat.

"They became panicked at the end of the day on Monday, they were hysterical, not jumping around but behaving strangely," zoologist Wijbren Landman of Emmen Dierenpark in the northern Netherlands told AFP on Friday.

"On Tuesday and Wednesday they just sat in the trees or on the ground, hardly moving or eating," Landman said.

The 112 east African monkeys also turned their backs on visitors.

The zoo said it was the fourth time in 20 years that the baboons have behaved this way. Nevertheless, such behaviour has not been seen elsewhere, either in captivity or in the wild.

The zoologist said he has no idea what happened on Monday to traumatise the baboons, who were all born in captivity and live on an island in the zoo.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/02...95914.html
08-04-2013, 04:49 PM #2
Ruby Wolf Member
Posts:10,786 Threads:721 Joined:Oct 2012
LIke I've mentioned once before...

I can instantly think of a song or a scene from a movie...

That will back up and support just about anything anyone can make into a thread...

The Omen - 1976

http://www.imdb.com/video/hulu/vi177012761/
08-04-2013, 04:54 PM #3
Ruby Wolf Member
Posts:10,786 Threads:721 Joined:Oct 2012
I'm not sure if the person in this car is the anti christ or not...

Like the child in the video above is...

But anyways...

08-04-2013, 05:03 PM #4
Octo Mother Superior
Posts:43,376 Threads:1,483 Joined:Feb 2011
Unfortunately that first video you posted "is not available in my country". Thankfully I've seen it enough times.

Baboons are pretty fierce creatures and coincidentally I posted this just last night here: http://kritterbox.com/Thread-Be-nice-Evo...says-study

In a study appearing today in the journal PloS Biology (online at http://www.plosbiology.org), researchers describe the drastic temperamental and tonal shift that occurred in a troop of 62 baboons when its most belligerent members vanished from the scene. The victims were all dominant adult males that had been strong and snarly enough to fight with a neighboring baboon troop over the spoils at a tourist lodge garbage dump, and were exposed there to meat tainted with bovine tuberculosis, which soon killed them. Left behind in the troop, designated the Forest Troop, were the 50 percent of males that had been too subordinate to try dump brawling, as well as all the females and their young. With that change in demographics came a cultural swing toward pacifism, a relaxing of the usually parlous baboon hierarchy, and a willingness to use affection and mutual grooming rather than threats, swipes and bites to foster a patriotic spirit.

Remarkably, the Forest Troop has maintained its genial style over two decades, even though the male survivors of the epidemic have since died or disappeared and been replaced by males from the outside. (As is the case for most primates, baboon females spend their lives in their natal home, while the males leave at puberty to seek their fortunes elsewhere.) The persistence of communal comity suggests that the resident baboons must somehow be instructing the immigrants in the unusual customs of the tribe.

http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers...esday.html



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