South African Baboons Seek Out Private Pools To Beat The Heat


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South African baboons have begun frequenting private pools to cool off (Credit: By Charles J Sharp/sharp photography/ CC BY-SA 4.0)

Some smart baboons in South Africa (SA) have discovered an easier way to cool off from the hot weather than seeking out streams or rivers — taking a dip inside family and resort pools! This past week, a series of videos have been making the rounds on the internet, showing the playful monkeys sneaking into backyards when the owners are not around and staging "wild" pool parties.

The first video was released on Facebook on May 14, 2019 by Garth Bradley, the owner of Kalliste, an exclusive retreat in Betty's Bay, SA. The 50-year-old was sitting in his office when he noticed a large, alpha male baboon walking across the backyard. Believing the animal was looking for food in the house, Bradley rushed to check if the kitchen door was closed. That's when he noticed the baboon and his young accomplice frolicking in the pool. Bradley, who caught the playful primates on tape, says, "This is the first time we have had them in our pool - they normally come down every second week or so to forage in the garden. They played in the pool for about five minutes, and it was wonderful to witness."

A family from Marloth Park, a holiday town in northeastern SA, released the second video on YouTube on May 16, 2019. Suspecting that a neighbor was using their pool when they were not home, the owners installed a camera to apprehend the intruders. Though their suspicions proved right, it was not human neighbors but a troop of over-heated baboons that had been taking advantage of the refreshing water. The homeowner explained: "We installed the camera because every time we came back from work, one could see that someone was swimming. Because our property is not fenced off, we at first thought it was our neighbors using it without permission. I told my wife I think it is baboons, but we didn't really want to believe it and hence our decision to get proof in filming them." Given that baboons are very social primates, don't be surprised if backyard pools across South Africa start to see a large influx of the uninvited guests!


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  • peter15
    peter15Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 10:39 am
    That's so cool
    • genesis12345
      genesis12345Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 1:00 pm
      that cool and funny
      • cjso
        cjsoWednesday, January 8, 2020 at 8:10 am
        swim boy or girl swim
        • janiah
          janiahTuesday, December 17, 2019 at 11:11 am
          swim baby swim
          • foxnate124
            foxnate124Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 7:18 am
            thats crazy
            • kittycatkoko
              kittycatkokoThursday, December 5, 2019 at 6:05 pm
              There having a blast
              • h8erluvergirll
                h8erluvergirllTuesday, November 26, 2019 at 10:27 am
                that was so dope but warning headphone users TURN DOWN THE VOLUME!!!
                • stromchaser32
                  stromchaser32Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 3:25 pm
                  I think it is a little too late to warn me. LOL
                • ghost_dk_diemx
                  ghost_dk_diemxFriday, November 15, 2019 at 10:40 pm
                  It's adorable but also kind of odd because imagine about two or three baboons swimming around in your pool. But it's also good for them to I guess because they aren't as hot.
                  • kikiMonday, November 11, 2019 at 8:46 pm
                    so true it happen to me in South Africa
                    • banana c4Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 1:56 pm
                      I hop the third monkey was OK