Baboon adopts a chicken at Lithuanian zoo

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  1. eggcetra_farms

    eggcetra_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just stumbled across this on the Yahoo Odd News
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    VILNIUS (Reuters) - A lonely baboon in a private Lithuanian zoo has adopted a chicken he saved from certain death last month and the two have formed a fast friendship, the zoo's director said on Friday.

    The chicken was intended as food for other animals in the zoo, but escaped and was sheltered by Mitis, a six-year-old Hamadryas Baboon, Edvardas Legeckas, who runs the zoo near the port city Klaipeda in western Lithuania, told Reuters.

    Mitis has been fed chicken meat before, but this time he fell in love with his food, Legeckas said.

    "He plays with the chicken, cleans its feathers, sleeps with it, and takes care as if it was his own baby child," the zoo director said.

    "But I am not sure how long this affair would last, because baboon may finally realise this is food."

    Baboons, with their distinctive long dog-like muzzles and heavy powerful jaws, are omnivorous, but usually prefer fruit. In the wild, they live in close-knit social groups.

    "Obviously this baboon needed someone to communicate with," the director said.
     
  2. 2mnypets

    2mnypets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ahhh how sweet....for the time being anyway. [​IMG] Interested to see how it turns out. [​IMG]
     
  3. eggcetra_farms

    eggcetra_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, me too. Weird story, huh?
     
  4. pipermark

    pipermark Chillin' With My Peeps

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    of course he could just be fattening the chicken up for later.
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  5. lacyloo

    lacyloo Cooped Up

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    [​IMG] i another zoo in china ,a monkey adopted a pigion [​IMG] what the hech is wrong with monkeys? lol
     
  6. FluffyChickenMama

    FluffyChickenMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how sweet!! that sounds like something that would happen at my house.. my animals always do strange things..
     
  7. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

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    Quote:Quote:Yeah, what would make an intelligent mammal, just one gene removed from humans, do such a "crazy" thing as make a chicken a pet????[​IMG]
     
  8. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    Quote:Quote:Yeah, what would make an intelligent mammal, just one gene removed from humans, do such a "crazy" thing as make a chicken a pet????[​IMG]

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    I was thinking the same thing, myself... [​IMG]
     
  9. eggcetra_farms

    eggcetra_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's crazy the way the chicken just lets the Baboon carry it around and groom it! Even my friendliest chicken draws the line at me messing with her feathers!
     

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