Today’s post comes to us from Jacque.
Over the weekend I found a new website which I like, ozy.com. It has a variety of news and special interest stories. I was browsing through it when I came upon this irresistible article, “My Life as a Baboon Whisperer.” Apparently in South Africa alpha baboons have become a local menace, kind of like the bears in Northern Minnesota. The alpha males are raiding local garbage cans as a food source.
In 2009 a South African city decided to start exterminating the baboons doing the raiding. The article is written by the person who started Baboon Matters. Baboon Matters is an organization which tries behavioral alternatives to shooting the offending animals. The organization discovered the following: “so-called ‘raiding baboons’ are almost always alpha males, and killing them creates a vacuum in the troop hierarchy that results in chaos.”
When I read the quote, the first thought flitting through my mind was, “This sounds a lot like politics in the USA at present.” The second thought was, “It is so nice to know Baboons Matter!”
Here is the link to the article:
After reading this so many questions that might fit at the end of this post went through my head:
What kind of whisperer do I want to be? How does this situation serve as a metaphor for American politics right now? Who will save us?
What question would you pose for others after reading this?