On the move? Being a dispersing male comes with it’s challenges; particularly for a baboon. They get the itch to wander when the testosterone kicks in: it’s blueprinted in their genes to set off to find a new troop and mate with females of a different group. So what happens when there’s urban sprawl to negotiate? When the landscape is rife with food opportunities? It’s not so easy for the remaining wild baboons living on the edge of the Cape Peninsula, many of the males fail to make the transition into a new troop and land up being euthanised. How’s this for a mode of transport?
This post is in response to this week’s photo challenge: “On the Move”.
7 thoughts on “A dispersing male”
Hahaha, that is a good one!
Fantastic picture (and story 😉
That’s one very cool dude!
I’ve got the same itch to wander and I can totally relate. 🙂
He’s going to be “dispersing” a lot faster than the average baboon on that Honda! 😉
Great shot Liz, made my Monday morning!
A sad story Liz, but the photo is fantastic! Perfect for the challenge too. Well done.
I agree with Tina. It’s a sad story shown in a powerful way. There is a sense of humor and irony in this photograph. Very well done, Liz.