Some days...

27th March 2013's all just a bit too much for a young baboon.

One of the best reference books on baboon behaviour was written by a well-known animal scientist called Shirley Strum. After years living with Olive baboons in Kenya, she compiled her findings into a very readable book called "Almost Human". It's a wonderful account of her life as one of the troop.

She carefully documents the ever-changing behaviour of individuals towards one another, trying to keep anthropomorphism to a minimum, but occasionally, she has to concede that they are astonishingly close to us.

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