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Baboon Recreates Famous Lion King Scene As It Carries Cub

Baboon Recreates Famous Lion King Scene As It Carries Cub

A group on a safari tour watched on in shock and fear as a baboon carried a lion cub up a tree in South Africa.

The group looked on in shock as the baboon gathered up the cub. Credit: Caters
The group looked on in shock as the baboon gathered up the cub. Credit: Caters

In scenes reminiscent of The Lion King, the male baboon gathered the cub up in his arms and held him aloft before scaling a marula tree with the cub in his grasp.

But Kurt Schultz, the safari guide on Saturday in Kruger National Park, could not enjoy the live re-enactment of the Disney classic, as he feared the cub could be dropped or even 'viciously killed' by the primate.

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Fortunately though, the cub was neither dropped nor brutally murdered as the group looked on - quite the opposite in fact.

Kurt said: "It was a strange experience. I was worried the cub would fall because it would not survive that height.

The guide was fearful the cub might be dropped or even 'viciously killed'. Credit: Caters
The guide was fearful the cub might be dropped or even 'viciously killed'. Credit: Caters

"The baboon was grooming the little lion cub as if it was a baby baboon. The baboon moved from branch to branch grooming and carrying the cub for a long period of time.

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"The males do a lot of grooming but the care given was the same care given by a female to one of her own young.

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"In 20 years of guiding southern and east Africa, I have witnessed baboons viciously killing leopard cubs and have heard of baboons killing lion cubs. But I have never seen the care and attention given to a lion cub in this manner."

The rare sighting was of course similar to that in The Lion King, in which Simba is held aloft by Rafiki.

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But sadly, baboon-lion relations tend not to go so well in reality, and Kurt reckons the cub is unlikely to survive the abduction.

He said: "This will remain one of my most interesting sightings.

"I don't see a chance of this poor cub surviving. The troop of baboons was large and a lion would not be able to get the young back.

"Nature is cruel at most times and survival of young predator cubs is not easy.

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"The lion cub poses a threat to the baboons when it gets older.

"I heard the baboons left the area with the cub, as I had to give other people a chance [to take photos for themselves]."

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Topics: Disney, TV and Film, south africa, Animals, The Lion King

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.