Depressed Baboons of a Dutch Zoo

By Anupum Pant

In the year 2013, a whole colony of baboons, consisting of 112 individuals started acting weird suddenly. No one had an idea what had happened, nor does anyone know for sure even now.

Completely opposite to what they usually did, like moving around, grooming each other or getting into tiny fights, they sat still, facing away from the visitors. It seemed as if they had gone on a strike, for no apparent reason. Of course there must have been a reason. But it couldn’t be figured out.

They were brought food by the zoo keepers. Normally they’d have ran towards the person carrying meals, this time they didn’t. Even the apples and other fruits that were placed around in their perimeter remained untouched.

This wasn’t the first time this was seen by the zoo keepers. This had happened three more times in the past. In the year 1994, 1997 and 2007. The 2007 was even more weirder because all of them were facing the same direction during the “strike”.

As always, conspiracy theorists said that they must have seen a UFO, or a snake more realistically. But that couldn’t have happened as the zoo keepers didn’t find any missing snakes in the zoo. Nor were they following the emotions of a depressed leader, as theorized by someone, because in the past years when this had happened, the colony had different leaders. It was also said that some visitor might have scared them by sporting a bright shirt with a print of some predator on it, but in that case they’d have been moving around more, not sitting still like this.

No one knows for sure why this happened.

via [Listverse]

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