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Anytime a group of predators decides to attack a family of prey, it is dangerous. It can be fatal because they aren’t just hunting one animal but also chasing several. In the video above, let’s see what happens when a group of African wild dogs decides to pursue a group of baboons down for a tasty meal.
Wild Dogs Hunting Baboons
The short YouTube clip at the top of this blog post shows a pack of wild dogs hunting baboons. The Jungle Journey YouTube page shared this clip. This channel shares footage of animals as well as nature. Their most recent videos are of wolves, bison, lechwes, jaguars, and penguins, to name a few.
Baboons Defending Themselves Against Wild Dogs
At the start of this video, we see a group of baboons together in their territory. We see a variety of males, females, and babies in this group. Not long after, a hungry pack of African wild dogs presses in for an attack.
Notice their formation if we pause the video when the dogs are all coming in. It is incredible to see how these wild animals band together to attack their prey. From what we can see at the start of the clip, approximately ten wild dogs are in on this hunt.
Suddenly, they attack. The wild dogs rush in, and we see the baboons scrambling for safety. They are running for the trees or wherever they can hide from the threat of the chasing dogs. The dogs try to cut one large baboon off from the group; however, this baboon turns and starts to chase the wild dogs! He is defending his family at all costs.
Sadly, while this large patriarch is chasing a few wild dogs, the others can move in, and they grab a baby baboon that found itself alone. The wild dog quickly grabs this baby and carries it away. We see several baboons try to intervene. But, at this point, all the dogs have descended and are tearing this meal apart.
Are Baboons Protective?
Baboons (Papio) of the family Cercopithecidae are found throughout Africa and Asia. These large mammals can weigh upwards of 100 pounds. While it is expected in the wild that most mothers are protective over their young, male fathers are not always protective of their young. However, this is not the case for baboons.
According to the National Institutes of Health, “Baboons are very protective of infants and tolerant of juveniles, and males may carry and groom infants on occasion.”
Sadly, as we can see from the video posted at the top, even though these baboons tried to protect their young, they failed. The wild dogs had successfully placed a trap they couldn’t escape.
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