Baby Baboon’s Frightening Encounter with Lions Ends with a Heroic Twist


This is one of the most remarkable wildlife interactions that I have come across in my time. The photographs are amazing, but it’s the touching behaviour of the animals involved that makes this story so unique.

Photographer Evan Schiller and Lisa Holzwarth were on a drive in the northern Botswana’s Selinda Camp when they saw a big troop of baboons heading through the bush.

“About 30-40 baboons were heading in our direction and they were making a lot of nois in the process,” Lisa recalls.

They were obviously scared of something and they all scampered up trees, shouting, and making a big scene. It quickly became clear what the problem was: two large lionesses came out of the tall grass and rushed the baboons into the trees, soon joined by two more lionesses.

“Between the baboons shrieking and the lionesses communicating with deep guttural roars, it was a mad scene,” Lisa says.

But then the real chaos began! One brave baboon descended the dead tree and tried to make a run for it… but got snapped up in the jaws of a lioness.

The lioness grabbed a female baboon on the run. But there was something else there… As the baboon lay dying in the jaws of the lioness, a little baby (less than a month old) slowly disengaged from its mother’s body

Photograph by Evan Schiller

Photograph by Evan Schiller

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  1. it continues somewhat if you click on the 2nd and 3rd pages at the bottom but it's definitely not presented properly.

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