It seems humans are not the only ones taking advantage of the gentle Summer weather in the Mother City. A family of baboons were spotted lounging on a trail in Constantia Nek, with even more baboons close behind.
Cape Town local Stephen Jms of Stephen Williams Photography.com shared a video to Facebook of his morning hike in Constantia Nek, where he came across over a dozen baboons. Stephen counted about 14 baboons having a chill session on the trail.
In his video, a family of baboons can be seen cleaning and cuddling up to each other. As Stephen pans out, two more baboons, an adult and a baby, can be seen in the background.
Watch the video here:
Baboons are generally non-confrontational animals, however, they are socialised to humans and can be opportunistic if they spot food.
If you encounter baboons while hiking, make sure to:
– Remain calm and stand up straight to display confidence
– Avoid walking through a troop but rather around them or wait for them to leave before proceeding
– Avoid making loud sudden noises like clapping your hands
– Avoid smiling or showing teeth, Some male baboons may consider this a sign of aggression
– Get rid of any food you may have in your hand
– If baboons join your picnic it is best to just pack up and leave
– Avoid feeding them, taking anything from them and antagonising them
Picture: Screenshot from video