Left-leaning cynics might assume from the title of this post that I am writing today about the prospective presidency of Texas Senator Ted Cruz, but what is on my mind is a far more likely possibility – that one of us will some day inadvertently (and ironically) encounter a wild baboon while innocently walking down a trail.
As some of you know, the name of this blog is nothing more than a play on words, coined because my original choice for a title, “Trial Balloon,” was already spoken for.
I don’t actually know much about baboons, or their trail behavior. Frankly, I didn’t know that a trail was anyplace where one might encounter a baboon, but apparently it is not unusual to meet them on trails around Capetown, South Africa.
And I was surprised to learn from the above-linked article that baboons live in groups of about 50, which is approximately the number of people who regularly read this blog.
Coincidence? I think not.
Here are the two most fascinating baboon-encounter tidbits I’ve taken away from this document:
- When encountering a baboon on a trail, don’t smile or show your teeth, as this could be interpreted as an act of aggression.
- By all means remain calm, and stand up straight to display a strong and confident yet non-threatening behavior.
As a habitual smiling sloucher, I’m afraid I am ill-equipped to handle baboons properly during an accidental trail encounter – just another reason to keep all my baboon interactions virtual.
How should a person meeting you for the first time behave if they aim to keep you from becoming riled up?