Today I learned of "Corporal Jackie," a baboon who was commissioned as a corporal in the South African Army when his owner refused to go to war without him. He lit cigarettes for his comrades, was wounded twice and won medals, and comforted wounded men until help could arrive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
Baboons have adapted to target lion cubs while their parents hunt for food. The primates stand little to no chance against these predators in the wild, so the baboons steal these cubs at an opportune time to eliminate the threat. cbsnews.com/news/baboon-c…
When an infant baboon dies, its mother may carry and groom its body for days. 'Comparative thanatologists' are studying this behavior to see how baboons understand death. manyminds.libsyn.com/do-b…
There was a baboon named Jack who, for nine years, helped a man with two peg legs switch tracks for trains and never once made a mistake. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Archaeologists found almost 8 million animal mummies, mostly dogs, in the Dog Catacombs of Saqqara, Egypt. Worshippers paid to have animals killed and mummified to carry prayers to gods. Other animals (baboons, bulls, etc.) were also mummified in the Sacred Animal Necropolis. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Cat mummies were so plentiful in Egypt that, in the 1800s, an English company bought a load of 180,000, pulverized them and spread them on farm fields as fertilizer. Also so many baboons and ibises were mummified for the trade it likely drove them to extinction in Egypt. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
A baboon troop had its most aggressive males die of TB and they became a "nicer" troop. This behavior continued for more than a decade and even passed to other baboons who joined the troop later. journals.plos.org/plosbio…
Today I learned about Babi an Egyptian baboon God who would use his massive erection as a mast on a sailboat taking people into the Afterlife en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
A male baboon in Australia being transported from a research facility to get a vasectomy escaped with 2 female baboons when their cage broke. The trio was captured after 2 hrs of freedom & the vasectomy was postponed. The females reportedly had been brought along to reduce the male's stress. 9news.com.au/national/bab…
In 19th-century South Africa, a baboon named Jack was employed as an assistant railway signalman for nine years. Reportedly, he never made a single mistake. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
"You are a thief and a murderer: you have killed a baboon and stolen his face" was a common insult in the 18th century bbc.com/news/magazine-274…
Corporal Jackie the baboon, a mascot of the South African army. He was given an official style uniform with a cap, a ration set, and his own pay book and would salute to superior officers and light soldiers' cigarettes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
In 1980s when a baboon troop was hit by a outbreak of tuberculosis killing all of its aggressive alpha males, the remaining passive males which were bullied by previous alpha males transformed the troop from an aggressive and violent troop into a peaceful one, which had never been seen before. nytimes.com/2004/04/13/sc…
In 1984, a 1-year-old received a heart transplant from a baboon but ended up dying 21 days later due to rejection. When questioned with why a baboon and not a primate more closely related to humans, the surgeon said he didn’t believe in evolution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
A baboon served alongside South African troops in World War One. warhistoryonline.com/inst…
Today I learned about Dr. Leonard Baily, who in 1984 transplanted a baboon heart into a dying infant known as Baby Fae. Baby Fae lived for another three weeks after the procedure. time.com/4086900/baby-fae…
During the late 1800s a baboon was employed by the railroad as a signalman. He never once made a mistake and worked for the railroad until his death. knoxvilledailysun.com/new…
In the late 1800s, a baboon was officially employed as a railroad signalman. He was paid in money and beer and never made a mistake. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Zoo keepers in England had to learn French in order to speak to baboons coming from a french zoo, because the animals didn't respond to english commands. news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/h…
Live animals (bears, pigs and baboons) were used in car crash testing up until the mid 90s. The practice was only stopped because sufficient data had been collected and NOT because of moral objections en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
Animals can yawn for various reasons. Baboons and Guinea pigs yawn to threaten their enemies by displaying their teeth, while penguins yawn as part of their mating rituals. Also, domestic dogs have shown the ability to yawn contagiously in response to humans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yaw…
The Gelada "baboon" have huge and impressive canines but they are not carnivores.They are grass eaters. The only reason for that is that the males need to defend themselves and their group against potential challengers. siamagazin.com/why-these-…
19 Baboons from Paris Zoo sent to a national park in England were unable to understand English commands but were fully cognitive of French words, forcing their English keepers to learn French. news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/h…
Baboons were employed as goatherds by the Namaqua people in the 1800s right through till the 1960s. They would protect the herd and lead them back at dusk, often whilst riding one of the larger goats like a horse. books.google.co.uk/books?…
Baboons like to kidnap and then raise dogs as pets youtube.com/watch?v=U2lSZ…
Today I learned of Jackie the baboon who served in WW1 and was awarded a medal for valor, as well as promoted from private to corporal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
The cover of Pink Floyd's "Meddle" album was going to feature a close-up photo of a baboon's anus by Hipgnosis Studio's Storm Thorgerson. The band overruled him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Med…
By looking at the faces of Chimpanzees, Gorillas, or Mandrills, humans are able to spot which individuals are related to one another (based on facial similarities). However, we are unable to do this with Baboons. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
A baboon gang roamed around Cape Town, led by Fred the baboon, and were pursued for 3 years by police after they became notorious for raiding cars, assaulting and interfering with tourists. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
In February 2015, two men entered Alexandria Zoo and beat up hamadryas baboons with sticks as dozens of zoo goers watched and laughed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
A baboon operated as a railway signalman in the late 1800's techly.com.au/2014/12/08/…
A group of baboons can be referred to as a "congress". collective-noun.com/
Today I learned of the Zanesville Ohio Zoo Massacre, which left18 Tigers, 17 Lions, 8 Bears, 3 Cougars, 2 Wolves, 1 Baboon, 1 Macaque, and 1 Man Dead gq.com/story/terry-thomps…
In 2011 a man released more than 50 wild animals in Zanesville, OH, including 18 tigers, 17 lions, as well as black and grizzly bears, wolves, leopards, mountain lions, baboons and monkeys nypost.com/2011/10/19/own…
Elephants do not digest much of their food so their dung is again consumed by Baboons baboonfilms.org/diet/
The red skin on a baboon’s butt functions as a leathery seating pad that allows them to sit and nap upright. popsci.com/science/articl…
In 1984 Dr. Leonard Bailey performed a baboon to human heart transplant on a new born babywho went on to live for 21 days. When asked why he didn't use a heart from an animal more closely related to humans Bailey said "I find that difficult to answer. You see, I don't believe in evolution" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
South Africa has baboon police that attempts to prevent baboons from breaking and entering into homes and cars to steal food. youtu.be/cph0D7Vdjp4?t=9m…
Ancient Egyptians believed that writing was invented by baboon faced Thoth en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
In ancient Egypt baboons were worshiped as gods. They were often portrayed with erections and were prayed in order to ensure that an individual would not suffer from erectile dysfunction after death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
A scientist observed a dramatic and permanent cultural shift in in a Baboon troop when the troop's most violent individuals died suddenly of disease ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The female baboons hind end swells up and gets bright red to show she is ready for mating. imfene.org/baboon-biology…
Baboons were made to attack the car in the movie The Omen by taking their leader. The actress practically shit in her pants when it happened moviefone.com/2016/06/24/…
A Kinder, Gentler Baboon Is Possible When The Alpha Males Die Off sciencemag.org/news/2004/…
Baboons can distinguish real words from non-words based upon the arrangement of letters nature.com/news/baboons-c…
Ancient Egyptians mummified baboons, cats, birds, and crocodiles and that they had their own cemetery at Sakkara. si.edu/spotlight/ancient-…
Today I learned of geladas, baboon-like primates that eat almost only grass, and the males of which maintain their relationships with females by grooming them rather than forcing their dominance en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gel…
Baboons kidnap feral puppies and raise them as family pets, even grooming and playing with them in exchange for a diligent watch dog. youtube.com/watch?v=7I7-S…
49 animals were slaughtered, including 18 Bengal tigers, 17 lions, six black bears, a pair of grizzlies, three mountain lions, two wolves and a baboon as a result of an Ohio zoo owner releasing them on the public and then committing suicide. abcnews.go.com/US/zanesvi…
Baboons kidnap puppies and raise them as pets. psychologytoday.com/blog/…

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