This video seems too amazing to be true, but so did the safari operator who witnessed the incredible scene. Fortunately, he managed to capture the moment on film, otherwise no one would have believed him. But in fact, it is hard to believe that a baboon would take care of and care for a lion cub. However, it happened in the Kruger Park in South Africa.
It was early in the morning when Kurt Schultz, in a safari vehicle packed with tourists, stumbled upon a group of baboons. A perfectly normal sight for the largest game reserve in South Africa, but soon after he discovered something very unusual. One of the baboons carried a small lion cub on his arm. The sighting fascinated Schultz, who had never seen anything like it for more than 20 years since he became a safari guide.
“I went to a very active area, which is very active with the sightings of Leon, and came in a really excited and playful baboon company, that’s normal for the first hours of the morning,” Schulz explained by the bored panda.
The incredible sight came as a surprise to Schultz, because baboons are extremely aggressive, especially to baby leopards or lions. So the safari operator initially thought that the young animal was actually lifeless, but soon realized that he was wrong. Also, the baboon he was carrying acted as if the child was his own baby.
“The young baboon crossed the street and climbed into a marula tree … then he cared and cared for the lion cub like it was a young baboon,” Schultz said. “Males groom themselves a lot, but grooming… was the same grooming that a female would give one of hers of her own chicks. “It happened so fast. He was pretty scared because he knew that if he didn’t get the images, no one would believe me. ”
While this scene is cute and heartwarming, it definitely won’t have a happy ending. It is very likely that the cub did not survive as it would have been impossible for the lion pride to retrieve it. Either way, Schultz believes that what happened is “100 percent natural.”
“It was nature at its finest,” Schultz said. “He may seem cruel to us, but when this baboon [chases] a predator, he knows that two years from now, when the lion gets his chance, the roles will be reversed.”