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   Undertoad  Tuesday Jun 20 12:22 PM

6/20/2006: Baboon mother keeps dead offspring's body

xoB finds this gruesome item, via the site mentioned on the images, proof that sometimes nature's wires just get hopelessly crossed. This baboon mother's baby died, but the strong maternal bond did not; and so she keeps the body with her, even though it's now almost completely decomposed.

It seems to me that most animals recognize death and the, uh, filthy, disease-causing problems of having a decaying corpse around. But as a non-mom, a non-breeder entirely actually, I can't imagine the maternal bond and how it apparently goes beyond emotion... built-in, as it obviously is.

anonymous  Tuesday Jun 20 12:30 PM

I can't imagine the maternal bond and how it apparently goes beyond emotion... built-in, as it obviously is.
Is she a lesbian?

floatingk  Tuesday Jun 20 12:54 PM

That may be the grossest thing ever... worse than a necklace of ears.

Trilby  Tuesday Jun 20 01:42 PM

Weirdness is Universal.

glatt  Tuesday Jun 20 02:04 PM


Emrikol  Tuesday Jun 20 02:06 PM

An ear necklace? (luckily GIS didn't show me anything)

Karenv  Tuesday Jun 20 04:05 PM

I have a friend just back from Nigeria who says the baboons on Victoria Island have started going into the houses and raiding the refrigerators.

Striking back from habitat destruction.!

xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Jun 20 06:11 PM

From the link;

Activity was fairly typical as they moved along, with pauses to look for food, a quick grooming and even a hurried coupling in the middle of the road by one pair - but nothing exceptional. Certainly none of them paid any attention to the one carrying the dead baby.
The rest of the troop must recognize it as her offspring, or at least her property, and not food or they would be looking for a share.

wolf  Tuesday Jun 20 10:04 PM

This could be a first for The Cellar. No recipes for braised monkey?

zippyt  Tuesday Jun 20 10:47 PM

first you get a flame thrower ,,,,,,

wolf  Tuesday Jun 20 11:01 PM

Don't all Marine Corps recipes start that way?

zippyt  Tuesday Jun 20 11:47 PM

Oh Wolf , You Know us SOOO well !!!!!

dar512  Wednesday Jun 21 09:53 AM

Originally Posted by wolf
This could be a first for The Cellar. No recipes for braised monkey?
Spoiled meat just doesn't have the same effect.

LabRat  Wednesday Jun 21 10:18 AM

Those ribs don't have enough meat left to bother with. Maybe if the picture had been taken a few weeks ago...

OK. I just grossed myself out.

Spexxvet  Wednesday Jun 21 12:00 PM

Originally Posted by dar512
Spoiled meat just doesn't have the same effect.
How about cooking up momma baboon, though, yum, yum.

In the second picture, the dead baby looks more like the alien from Alien. Don't get too close - it might suck onto your face and incubate in your abdomen.

capnhowdy  Wednesday Jun 21 03:45 PM

Originally Posted by zippyt
Oh Wolf , You Know us SOOO well !!!!!
SEMPER FI. Now getting back to the recipe.......

Seriously, tho this image hits a soft spot in me because of the instinctive bond. How can one match a mother's love? In her mind she feels like: "I love my child more than anything. Even if it IS dead." The homosapiens have certainly waned in their instinctive values. Great image. Deep topic. Thank you.

rkzenrage  Wednesday Jun 21 04:21 PM

When I was younger I was ghost-writing a book for a guy who was in Air America, the Pentagon pulled-it after a while.
But, he said when they were training in Panama they used to make blanks with their rounds and put their cleaning rods on them and shoot howler monkeys with them and eat them, was a staple in the jungle. At least that was his story... but he said a lot of things.

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