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A young mother this week watched helplessly as a baboon snatched and ripped open the skull of her only child and ate his brain.

http://www.news24.com/City_Press/City_Press_News/0,,186-187_1370662,00.html

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I wonder which nasty pathogen will now spread from humans to baboons as a result of this practise...
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I find this shocking indeed, as I wasn't aware that baboons feasted on human brains, EVER.

I also find it surprising that the people seem to think witchcraft is involved, but considering the region, I probably shouldn't be.

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Why is the date on this article 7/6/03?? [Confused]
Edited to add: Okay, I figured it out...I'm going on no sleep!!

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Why is the date on this article 7/6/03??
Edited to add: Okay, I figured it out...I'm going on no sleep!!

Well I don't know why. Can you tell me please? [Confused]
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Probably because they list the date format as DD/MM/YY in the part of the world where the article was written.
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I think that the DD/MM/YYYY format is better than MM/DD/YYYY anyway. I mean, it just makes more sense to have it in some sort of order like that. I mean, shortest time frame to longest time frame makes far more sense than the random order the format we use is in.
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I know it's horrible of me to think this, but my first thought was, this baboon saw Temple of Doom and this is his idea of revenge.

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Originally posted by RingKeeper by the pool:
I know it's horrible of me to think this, but my first thought was, this baboon saw Temple of Doom and this is his idea of revenge.

Reminded me of the Simpsons episode where Ned gets trapped in "Baboon County, USA" and Rev. Lovejoy has to rescue him.

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So, this is actually true? Ugh...just thinking about that makes me sick! I hope they catch that baboon soon...and others like it. It would be horrible for that to happen again.
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This actually isn't unheard of...I know Jane Goodall reported in National Geographic in the late 70's that she had witnessed a chimpanzee repeatedly kidnapping and eating the babies of other chimps in the troup. It's atypical, but not unheard of...

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I know Jane Goodall reported in National Geographic in the late 70's that she had witnessed a chimpanzee repeatedly kidnapping and eating the babies of other chimps in the troup. It's atypical, but not unheard of...
Since that time there have been miles of footage shot of groups of chimps hunting, catching and eating smaller monkeys (vervets I think). Chimps are not vegetarians - they will eat meat when they get the chance. The hunting appears to be a males only activity. Sometimes baby chimps get eaten when one chimp troupe is attacked by a rival troupe.

Llewtrah

Baboons are just damn aggressive, we had some near our base in Malaysia. Sometimes the only way to get past them was to take fruit and throw it as a decoy (which encoraged them, but was necessary in order to get to work). Every so often, staff had to shoot the most aggressive ones.

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Originally posted by Llewtrah:
Baboons are just damn aggressive, we had some near our base in Malaysia. Sometimes the only way to get past them was to take fruit and throw it as a decoy (which encoraged them, but was necessary in order to get to work). Every so often, staff had to shoot the most aggressive ones. [/QB]

Wild monkeys in Malaysia would not have been baboons. They were macaques.

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Sometimes the only way to get past them was to take fruit and throw it as a decoy (which encouraged them, but was necessary in order to get to work). Every so often, staff had to shoot the most aggressive ones.
Indeed Llewtrah, Baboons are aggressive when hungry or threatened, which can often mean most of the time - My Father told tales of the Baboons he encountered in Africa whilst serving with Desert Rescue - they are (savannah Baboons) cooperative hunters and eager consumers of other animals – most attacks on humans my Father witnessed were aggressive avoidance, but if wounded or trapped they could inflict mortal wounds on a large adult without too much effort required. They were shot by troops if causing a problem, and eaten too, as Baboon flesh is, according to my sources, a delicious alternative to ration packs!

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We encountered Baboons, Olive Baboons I think, in the boonies of Malaysia - they were wild, and although seemed timid, they were definately NOT macaques...

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Barns and no bull

We encountered Baboons, Olive Baboons I think, in the boonies of Malaysia - they were wild, and although seemed timid, they were definately NOT macaques...

Sorry Jay Tea, you saw macaques. Baboons are only found in Africa and Arabia.

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Well, i'm no monkey expert Barns', so i'm happy to take your word for it, although I saw a hell of a lot of Macaques in India and what I saw in Malaysia did not resemble them in any way, but like I said, David Attenborough I ain't! [Wink]

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Originally posted by Jay Tea:
Well, i'm no monkey expert Barns', so i'm happy to take your word for it, although I saw a hell of a lot of Macaques in India and what I saw in Malaysia did not resemble them in any way, but like I said, David Attenborough I ain't! [Wink]

Jay,

Macaques have varied appearances. The ones you saw in India probably were Rhesus macaques. Macaques can be somewhat slender with long tails, or they can be very stocky with stubby tails, or anywhere in between. With 2.5 inch canines, large males can be very dangerous!

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Originally posted by reprise:
I wonder which nasty pathogen will now spread from humans to baboons as a result of this practise...

Well, as long as this disease doesn't cross from baboons to humans, it's all okay with me. [Eek!]
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From the article:
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She said Neo was her only child and she hoped he would live because her other children died of natural causes before they reached one year.

She said after the funeral they would contact a sangoma to check if the incident was not witchcraft related.



It's good to see she has her priorities straight.

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