Step two: Lose control of the cookies

Handy hints: Making friends with baboons

Step one: Fail to adequately defend your dive buddy's vehicle
Step one: Fail to adequately defend your dive buddy's vehicle

Move over, Dale Carnegie. Gerard is here. In order to make friends with a baboon, you need only two things: hubris, and a tupperware container full of Mariaan’s chocolate chip cookies.

Step two: Lose control of the cookies
Step two: Lose control of the cookies

Gerard’s friendship with this large male baboon from the Miller’s Point troupe was hard won, yet enduring (more on that in a follow up post).

Step three: Watch helplessly as your surface interval snack vanishes over the hill
Step three: Watch helplessly as your surface interval snack vanishes over the hill

Unfortunately Mariaan’s little blue tupperware was less enduring, and did not withstand having its lid ripped open by giant baboon fangs.

Step four: OM NOM NOM!
Step four: OM NOM NOM!

(Seriously, feeding baboons creates big problems for both us – humans – and them. There are cases, like this one, where they are simply too quick and too wily to outwit, but do not give them food on purpose. They are wild animals, and feeding them is NOT COOL. Do you hear me, tourists?)

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Tony

Scuba diver, teacher, gadget man, racing driver, boat skipper, photographer, and collector of stray animals

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