Baboon adopts bush baby

NAIROBI Fri Jun 10, 2011 12:13pm EDT

1 of 4. A seven-months-old yellow baboon (Papio cynocephalus) drinks milk as it plays with a Galagos (L) also known as a bushbaby at the Animal Orphanage in the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) headquarters in Nairobi, June 10, 2011. Defying nature, the Yellow Baboon, rescued in Maralal (northern Kenya) has quickly adopted a Galagos, rescued in Nyeri (central Kenya), after meeting at the orphanage giving it affection and protection as if it were her own offspring. Yellow baboons inhabits savannas and light forests in the eastern Africa while Galagos are small, nocturnal primates native to continental Africa.

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NAIROBI (Reuters) - Clinging to the under-belly of a baboon, Gakii, a 3-month-old orphaned bush baby has plumped for an unlikely surrogate-mother.

In the grounds of the Nairobi Animal Orphanage, the duo cavort around in each others' arms, drink milk out of the same bowl and poke mischievously at a Reuters television camera.

"This is not normal. It has not happened here and I guess it has not happened anywhere else," said Edward Kariuki, a warden at the animal home in the Kenyan capital.

Kenya, however, has a history of unlikely cases of fostering among orphaned animals.

In 2004, a giant tortoise adopted and became an inseparable friend to a baby hippo washed out to sea off the coast of Kenya in the aftermath of the southeast Asia Tsunami. The pair became an Internet sensation.

Two years earlier, a full-grown lioness baffled experts in the east African country when she adopted a baby oryx -- a kind of antelope normally deemed a tasty morsel by the predators. (Writing by George Obulutsa; Editing by Richard Lough)

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janettetsmith wrote:
Kind of gives ya a little hope that some day the human race could get along. Probably not, but it’s nice to think we could overlook our differences as it seems other species have managed to pull off.

Jun 10, 2011 1:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
786daktari wrote:
If animals can break barriers and help those not of their kind, it’s time we borrow a leaf from them in terms of how we ought to live in peace and harmony and most importantly help those in need of help – in the spirit of humankind.

Jun 10, 2011 2:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bobw111 wrote:
Most individuals do get along with each other regardless of race.

It’s groups of two or more that lead to problems. Especially when “leaders”, politicians, and governments jump in the mix to establish, expand, or maintain their power base.

Unfortunately all humans are tribal creatures. You have to extract them out of their tribe before they are worth a damn.

I like individuals. It’s people I can’t stand…

Jun 10, 2011 4:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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