Baboons raise pet dogs

David Mizejewski writes:

The video below shows some fascinatingly odd animal behavior that I've never heard of before: baboons stealing stray puppies from their mothers and raising them as part of their troop. This kind of interspecies interaction where one species raises another species specifically for companionship and protection--in other words, keeping pets--is behavior that is typically attributed only to humans. To see it happening with baboons and dogs is nothing short of amazing.


  1. Saw a stray dog pack in Thailand once that had adopted, or had been adopted by, a macaque.  Adult mail “Pig-tailed” Macaques are about as big as a mid-sized dog, but there was no question about who the alpha of the pack was.

  2. The way that baboon handles the puppy so roughly in the beginning of the video is kinda hard to watch…..

    1.  I agree.  I initially thought:  oh, puppies and baboons together! how kawaii!  how cute!  But when that male started dragging the whining pup down through the rocks by the tail… I changed my mind about the cuteness of it all.

  3. Well, chimps and frogs at the Honolulu zoo seem to have a special relationship.
    Very special.  Not Safe For Work special.
    Search youtube on chimp frog if you want to know more, but brace yourself.   
    What is seen cannot be unseen.

    1.  I love the fact that humans are most closely related to animals who rape frogs, steal puppies, fling their own feces, etc. It explains so much.

    2. So is this where the South Park guys got their idea for the Book of Mormon Musical’s “magical f*ck frogs?”

  4. I’m a little skeptical that the pup in question was actually kidnapped. It is more likely that the dogs choose to live among the baboons as it offers a type of symbiotic relationship. The video shows the pup being brutally dragged in, and then it walks off, followed by a cut to full-grown adult dogs, and the white one appears to be wearing a collar, which is odd. I thought it more likely the male baboon was stealing the pup either out of curiosity, or to eat it. Again, seems a little fishy to me.

  5. The Baboons who live near the Ta’if dump live in close proximity to the dogs who also live near the dump.

    The question is whether the baboons kidnap puppies to keep them as pets. In the movie, we saw an adult male baboon take a puppy. However, the video didn’t follow this relationship. Instead, we cut to pictures of the baboons and dogs in close proximity to each other while the narrator claims these are “pets” that the baboons have kidnapped.

    With the dump, there is probably enough food that the tension between the dogs and baboons is kept to a minimum. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the two species relate to each other and maybe even play together.

    The adult baboon could have simply been curious or “playing” with the puppy. When these baboon troops enter Ta’if to raid apartments, the dogs don’t come with them.

    There is just no evidence here to support the narrator’s claims that the baboons keep the dogs as pets. 

  6. fascinating – only ruined by some seriously heavy-handed use of musical emoticons. maybe I’m old fashioned when it comes to doco’s

  7. A fellow from S Africa told me his grandmother had a pet Baboon, The baboon would grab a
    cat and take it back into his house up on a pole. Pets keeping pets… 

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