These pictures of a naked baboon were taken outside the complex of the Caribbea Bay Hotel, Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe. Photos by Ann Warner
Says Ann Warner:
“We were returning to the hotel at about 4.30 pm in the afternoon when I could not believe my eyes and asked my husband to stop the car.
Sitting on a rock was this very unusual baboon. I have to admit it gave us quite a fright and while I did manage to take these four shots, several more came out blurred due to my hands shaking. It seemed to be tagging along with a large troop of baboons that were passing through the hotel grounds and feeding in the vegetation close by. All eventually moved off with this naked baboon.”
Dr Hamish Curry, a vet in Cape Town that has assisted with baboon issues on the Cape Peninsula reacted to the pictures by saying,
” It’s not a pretty sight. I would need a history to get a proper diagnosis – but sarcoptic mange is possible. This is caused by an insect Sarcoptes scabei which is infectious to all mammals but generally will manifest in times of stress, as in nutritional stress and others. Fungal infection and hormonal imbalance are other possible causes.”
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