When a Leopard Changes Its Spots from Predator to Caretaker.

Here's what happened when a female leopard killed a mother baboon, only to find the baboon's day-old baby:

Legadema, as she has been named by the camera crew who took these moving shots, carefully carries the baby baboon high up into a tree for protection. There, she cuddles the newborn to her for warmth through the long, African night.

"It was as if nature had turned on its head completely," says Dereck Joubert, a filmmaker who followed Legadema for three-and-a-half years in her natural habitat, the Okavango Delta of Botswana - the verdant flood plains known as Africa's Garden of Eden.

"She had killed the mother primate, but then found this live new-born on the ground. The little baboon called out, and we thought we were going to hear a major crunch and the leopard smacking its lips, but instead the baby baboon put its paws out and walked towards the young leopard.

"Legadema paused for a moment, apparently not knowing what to do. Then she gently picked it up in her mouth, holding it by the scruff of its neck and carrying the infant up a tree to keep it safe."

Unfortunately, the baby baboon was simply too small to survive the night: Link - via Scribal Terror

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I wonder if the filmmaker was able to get this story on film. It doesn't really say in the article.

What a sweet, but ultimately sad little story. It's a good reminder that nature has it's own little narrative going on.
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