Stolen from the pride – from little gem to little orphan.
A male baboon stole a lion cub from its pride while out searching for food. The thief eventually carried the helpless creature into the treetops to groom it.
The footage was taken in the Kruger National Park by Kurt Schultz of Kurt Safari, reports the Daily Mail.
In the video the primate can be seen perched up in a marula tree in dappled light.
The baboon adjusts its position to reveal the lion cub it’s been holding.
Soft cries of distress can be heard coming from the young animal.
According to Latest Sightings, Kurt saw the baboon’s behaviour on his way back from attending a meeting in the park.
“I came across a troop of baboons being restless. Being early morning this is relatively common, but then I noticed a baboon carrying something and the rest of the troop were interested in that baboon,” the tour operator said.
He knew there’d been cubs present in the area lately. “Being early morning, and close to a granite rock face, I suppose the baboon troop rested on the rocks during the evening.”
Kurt believes the baboons came across the hidden cub early the next morning as they were moving down from the rocks to start foraging for food.
“It’s normal for a troop of baboons to kill young leopard and even lion, however after 20 years of guiding this is the first time I’ve seen a baboon nurturing and caring for a young predator cub.”
Watch the full clip.