A troop of baboons took advantage of a quiet day in Betty’s Bay to have a little fun, and some locals caught them in action!
Betty’s Bay, Western Cape – There is a coffee shop on Clarence street in Betty’s Bay that has a stretch tarp over their walkway to protect from the elements. The cover has a bit of give to it, much like a trampoline and the local baboon’s love to use it when the street is quiet.
Every Monday, the Coffee, on Clarence closes its doors to handle errands and business admin. While the staff were away, the baboons came out to play.
Elsa Jacobs was passing by the coffee shop when she saw a few young baboons bouncing around on top of the stretch cover. She quickly pulled out her phone to capture the baboons playing and sent it to the coffee shop.
The video shared on Facebook got a lot of attention and people are loving it.
“I just love their zest for life, always ready to have some fun, despite the tough life they have … thanks for this lovely video!” – Lynette Johnson
“This made me smile – they are really enjoying themselves on their trampoline.” – Maureen Swanepoel Jordaan
“Coffee on Clarence, you rock! Thank you for your great attitude towards baboons – what a fantastic difference compared to those who want to kill these intelligent creatures.” – Pierre Eneth Kruger
The coffee shop says the baboons are regular visitors and they embrace them because the area is their home.
“We simply adore them – they visit us on a regular basis and make no mistake, we need to do all we can to protect our biscuits, cakes and other delicatessens from them! But as for innocent play and using “their trampoline” – we love it!”
There are several organisations in the Western Cape area that work to educate residents and business owners about accommodating the playful, sometimes naughty baboons. The Pringle Bay Baboons Facebook page works within the community to offer useful solutions for peaceful cohabitation.
Take a look at the funny video below.