Their appearance did not bode well. And Kurt was afraid that they would tear apart the defenseless cub of the king of beasts.
However, to the surprise of visitors to the park, one of the males grabbed the baby and briskly began to climb the Marula tree with him.
Fortunately, the other monkeys did not rush in pursuit of the elusive prey.
Nevertheless, everyone who watched this abduction had a sinking heart with fear.
After all, the baboon jumped from branch to branch, and a tiny lion cub at any moment could slip out of his paws and crash on the ground.
In addition, everyone was afraid that the baboon might return with the lion cub to the troop remaining below. And then the baby would have no chance of salvation.
Fortunately, none of this happened.
The kidnapper calmly sat down on one of the branches with a lion cub in his arms, after which he began to stroke and caress him, as if he were his cub.
The male did not let the lion cub out of his paws for quite a long time, moving with him from branch to branch and showing real paternal care.
Everybody remembers a similar scene from the cult movie “The Lion King”, where the wise monkey Rafiki rescues Simba by catching him and holding him in the air.
In his 20 years in South and East Africa, Kurt says he has seen baboons brutally slaughter leopard cubs and heard of baboons killing lion cubs.
But this was the first time he had ever seen such care for a lion cub.