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Saturday, 31 December 2011

Baboon

The Ancient Egyptians trained baboons to wait at tables.

A chacma baboon named Jack attained a measure of fame in the late 19th century for acting as an assistant to a disabled railroad signalman in South Africa. Jack was paid twenty cents a day, and a half-bottle of beer each week. In his nine years of employment with the railroad, Jack never made a mistake.

A Baboon called "Jackie" became a private in the South African army in World War I.

A baboon gang roamed around Cape Town, led by Fred the baboon (died 25 March 2011) and were pursued for three years by police after they became notorious for raiding cars, assaulting and interfering with tourists.
Fred eating in a car. Wikipedia 

During the 2014 Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa, a large baboon ran on to the green as former World Number One Golfer Luke Donald was setting up a shot — sending him scurrying for cover.



Males, with head and body up to 1.1 m/3.5 ft long, are larger than females.

They inhabit Africa and southwestern Arabia.

Baboons cannot throw overhand.

A troop of pet-keeping Hamadryas baboons living in a garbage dump outside of Ta'if, Saudi Arabia are known to kidnap puppies of wild dogs. They then raise them as guard dogs to protect the Baboon clan.

Source Hutchinson Encyclopedia © RM 2011. Helicon Publishing is division of RM.

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