Baboon Hooligans ?!

In the humorous travel anthology “Not So Funny When It Happened,” Australian writer Jayce White recalls a trip to Zimbabwe in which he was awakened one morning in his humble accommodations — a round thatched hut at Victoria Falls — by an infernal uproar. A troop of baboons ran amok outside “swinging from light poles, and bashing out industrial dance beats on garbage lids and barbeque amenities.”

Oddly, White’s companions slept right through the noise, so he was the only one awake when “a baboon the size of an adult wookie” demonstrated his ability to turn a doorknob, burst into the room, and nonchalantly pulled up a chair at the dinner table, inches away from the bed where White was lying, and began to chow down on the travelers’ leftovers from dinner.

White attempted to chase away the animal by unleashing a stream of angry profanity, but the baboon didn’t even flinch. The only potential projectile he could reach was his Walkman, but the attached headphones wrapped around a lamp on his nightstand, and his throw succeeded only in sending an avalanche of his belongings crashing to the floor. Finally, one of his roomies got out of bed, still half-asleep, and waved a pillow at the baboon. For some reason, that harmless object scared the animal, and he ran back outside.

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