When the Covid-19 lockdown was announced in March 2020, everything basically ground to a halt. Everything to do with humans, that is… Animals made the most of the lull by coming out in greater numbers, maybe curious about the global pause in car traffic and general commotion. South Africa’s baboons were no exception: They came out to play, with more sightings and activity reported by watch groups monitoring the various troops. Things were no different in the Kruger Park, where the baboons had the camps to themselves.

Baboons in the Kruger have become accustomed to the presence of humans and their cars, and they regularly raid vehicles and picnic sites. But this little one was probably born during the lockdown period and had no idea what to make of the car and its occupants – some of the first visitors back in the park once the gates had reopened.

It was a first-time experience for the youngster and a moment of great stress for its mother sitting nearby!

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