Observing a family of Hamadryas baboons .
№1. Hamadryas baboons don’t “yawn”- this is a physical display of aggression to intruders and enemies.(Another one- lowering of the eyelids)
№2. I was amazed at the male baboons, especially their relationship with their young ones. Though strict in conduct with females, baboon dads will take enjoy playing with their kids, and take the daddy duty of protecting their children extremely serious.
Which leads me to lesson № 3:
3. Although you always should step on to a wild animal’s territory with caution, be a thousand times as careful when conducting yourself around baboon families with children. DO NOT APPROACH. Otherwise, this will happen:
Tied with lesson №3. , is lesson number 4: for a relatively large primate, baboons can charge with impressive speed. (View video above for evidence and a demonstration).
Lesson № 5.Getting charged by a baboon is a lesson you never forget.
Credits : The former lessons were taught e by this enchanting creature:
Hamadryas family alpha male .
I had the best summer internship, where I had the extreme pleasure of working in the Research Institute of Medical Primatology Veterinary Clinic. I also studied the behavioral aspects of primates in captivity (and took some pretty awesome photos)
Yes, we all had seen the pictures. The unmistakable “baboon butt”. Red and swollen, this tooshie bears more fame and recognition then the booty of Kim Kardashian. But far more remarkable than its gruesome appearance is its purpose yes, its purpose. For in fact this distinguishing anatomical feature of the baboon, (also present in mangabeys , mandrills , guenons , patas monkeys , and macaques) is yet another exquisite manifestation of evolution itself.
You see, just like the celebrity opting for the penthouse that keeps them far away from the intrusion of fans and paparazzi predators, these Old World Monkeys prefer the high branches of trees to keep them out of harm’s (and deadly jaws) reach.Imagine sitting on a branch all day long and THEN sleeping on it as well. Quite uncomfortable, one would suppose. But thanks to the magical process that we know as evolution, mother nature has given the monkey butt a solution.
Voila!-cue ischial callosities-pads of roughed skin formed over the underlying ischial tuberosity . In layman’s terms – one big monkey butt callous. Like the ones we get on our hands and feet . Though callouses can be quite annoying at times to humans, for them it’s like having a Lazy-Boy permantley attached to their behind.
Nature’s Lazy-Butt .
Features include: No slip, comfortable sitting and sleeping upright for long periods of time on rough surfaces. Imagine walking around with a Lazy-Boy pillow permanently stuck to your behind: man’s dream – monkey’s reality.
As well as being a comfy cushion, the ischial callosities serves as an indicator for male primates that a female is fertile and ready to engage in intercourse, therefore increasing the chances of a succesful copulation. Dominant males display larger and brighter ischial callositis, which helps display their status to both enemies and possible mates.
Author: Anna Artsibasheva