Watch This Alpha Baboon Risk His Own Life for a Sweet Taste of Honeycomb

Written by Kirstin Harrington
Updated: August 30, 2023
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Key Points:

  • BBC presents amazing footage of baboons navigating the wilderness, showcasing their remarkable journey.
  • During their expedition, the baboons encounter a beehive, capturing a captivating moment.
  • Bakari, driven by his craving for honey, fearlessly persists despite the swarm of stinging bees, determined to eat it.

Our animal protagonists fight to stay alive after a massive blaze in an unrecognizable and hostile landscape took their home. Bakari’s is the alpha baboon of this troop as they venture to look for food. It’s urgent that these animals find a new place to call home.

BBC brings us unbelievable footage of the baboons traversing the wilderness. At one point, they come across a beehive. Bakari has a hunkering for honey and doesn’t let the hundreds of stinging bees stop him from getting a taste. 

Without hesitation, the alpha animal grabs the honeycomb and runs off. The juicy, sweet bites come in between bee stings. Bakari continues to take a bite, run away from the bees, and stop again. 

Clearly, nothing is coming between this baboon and his honey! 

How Do Baboons Acquire Food? 

A baboon walking on all fours at the zoo
You’ll always be able to find baboons in zoos.


Every type of baboon has its own unique location and diet, weighing between 31 and 88 pounds. Baboons are natural omnivores and will consume practically anything they can. They are primates that can eat both plants and meat. 

Baboons, also referred to as “opportunistic feeders,” graze throughout the day, consuming everything they come find. These animals forage rather than engage in predator-like hunts, primarily in search of food sources. 

Baboons are known to consume plants, roots, tubers, fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Despite being omnivores, they primarily obtain their nourishment from these kinds of plant sources.  Termite nests have occasionally been disturbed by baboons poking them with sticks in situations that have been observed. 

The primate is going to devour the termites once they have been made visible. Baboons have additionally been observed using rocks as a tool for scavenging. They are aware of the dangers of scorpion stings and will avoid them if possible. 

What Is the Role of the Alpha Baboon in a Baboon Troop?

group of baboons
A baboon troop can have 50 to 300 baboons.

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When a baboon’s troop can defeat the alliance of the baboon in charge, that baboon is considered to be the alpha. However, once an alpha baboon establishes dominance, he starts controlling the troop’s access to food and breeding prospects. 

He never shares anything but with his allies. He grooms his troop mates less than he grooms himself. Baboon females have their own hierarchy of authority. In order to benefit her own child, an alpha female will steal food from other female troop members. 

But since she is skilled at obtaining food and ensuring that the group stays together while foraging, female baboons frequently follow her. A baboon should make a prudent choice for its alpha. 

In the state of nature, trusting a leader who cannot locate food or fend off lions has severe repercussions. Baboons, however, have adequate demands for their leaders. They don’t anticipate the alpha relieving them of the daily burden of taking care of their own needs.

Check Out the Full Video!

Here you see a curious baboon checking out a ground nest full of wasps! Watch the entire video for the baboon’s full reaction, you won’t want to miss it:

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About the Author

When she's not busy playing with her several guinea pigs or her cat Finlay Kirstin is writing articles to help other pet owners. She's also a REALTOR® in the Twin Cities and is passionate about social justice. There's nothing that beats a rainy day with a warm cup of tea and Frank Sinatra on vinyl for this millennial.

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