by airyfairy 31 Jul 2020

Just had a huge amount of baboons in the garden.

Managed to take this picture of some of them on the roof of my neighbours house. I am actually terrified of the large males.

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by pennyhal2 01 Aug 2020

Gosh, I'd be scared too, especially if they came into my yard!

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by Kampfzwerg 01 Aug 2020

In January 2019 one night I allmost forgot to bring out the trash bin, It was about 1 am and saw a marten closing on my doughter`s car. Picked up some snow, made a ball and hit him on the head (10 yards). 1:0 for me. It picked a neighbour`s BMW

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airyfairy by airyfairy 02 Aug 2020

At least a marten is a cute looking animal. Good shot with the snowball

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by awesome1 01 Aug 2020

Oh my! But you appear to be fairly well protected by the large hedge fence..is that what I see between you & neighbor? We entertained an Aussie couple a few yr's ago, and they talked abt how open our neighborhoods are here in US...said fences were abundant in their area- to primarily keep kangaroos away..as well as other creatures. I live inside city limits and deer come daily, drink from the bird bath, but at our flowers ( love hostas!) I can abide because the does bring their adorable fawns along. I do hate the occasional skunk or snake, but we also have 'possums', woodchuck, foxes, and I heard a pack of wolves howling late one night as they ran thru the field nearby. Don't think I could embrace baboons tho! LOL

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sewtired by sewtired 01 Aug 2020

I had a problem with deer eating my flowers until I accidentally planted some garlic in with them. Are deer related to vampires? It did keep them away from my flowers.

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by sewtired 31 Jul 2020

I love wildlife, but baboons in the backyard is just a little too up close and personal for my comfort level. We have raccoons, opossums, squirrels and a lovely assortment of birds. I'm told we have coyotes in the neighborhood, but I've never seen one. Occasionally there is a alligator in the bayou, but I've not seen one be aggressive. Then there are also snakes that I could personally do without. Anyway, stay safe and thanks for sharing!

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lbrow by lbrow 31 Jul 2020

Would probably be out there with a broom shaking it at them and that would get me in trouble for sure. Lol. I hate it when uninvited critters invade my space, but have nothing that large unless it's a stray cow or horse gotten out of it's fense. Stay safe Sarah.

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by sewpam 31 Jul 2020

They would terrify me too. Stay safe.

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by airyfairy 31 Jul 2020

I had no idea this would get so many posts. For us it is norm. They do not take much notice of women but they to not like men. If cornered they can be dangerous. They have enormous canine teeth.
We get more in the winter as they are hungry. I only grow herbs. Would love to have veg but wouldn’t last long. Their specialty is sweet potatoes. These baboons are protected, so we cannot hurt them. Not that I would but some residents get very angry.

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toogie by toogie 31 Jul 2020

I once saw on Animals Attack or some such show where one of these animals can kill a human with those teeth/bite. It is not normal for us in the US for sure.

airyfairy by airyfairy 31 Jul 2020

On the other side of our town they have vervet monkeys. They are little, very pretty but a terrible nuisance. They get into houses and play havoc. Getting into fridges and stealing anything.

toogie by toogie 31 Jul 2020

Really into fridges, I am surprised. I only thought things like that happened in Jumanji-lol
Thank you for enlightening us, or me at least, on the habits of these creatures. They may be cute, but when they destroy or take things, it is not cute anymore.

toogie by toogie 31 Jul 2020

What about lions close to homes or any other dangerous animal? I guess I always associate lions, with Africa.

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by toogie 31 Jul 2020

Oh my! I would be terrified to go out of my house for fear on one jumping on me. I am sure the neighbors can hear them up there, too. What about damage to the roof too. If there are some on the neighbors roof, can the neighbor see any on yours? I wouldn't let Keeno run free for sure they would get him. Is there any wildlife management you could call, to sedate them and take them back to the wilds?
The only thing I've seen lately here are foxes. They kill our neighbors ducks. Nothing as dangerous as these baboons. Oh Sarah.

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airyfairy by airyfairy 31 Jul 2020

I love foxes but I know that they can do damage.

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by dailylaundry 31 Jul 2020

Yikes! I just can't imagine the destruction they might cause - am I right? I would be terrified too! Does this happen very often? Thanks for sharing the picture. Hugs, Laura

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toogie by toogie 31 Jul 2020

I think she said they visit about once a week....

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by jofrog2000 31 Jul 2020

And I thought black bears were bad!

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airyfairy by airyfairy 31 Jul 2020

A black bear would be much worse, I can assure you.

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by crafter2243 Moderator 31 Jul 2020

YIKES. That would scare me to no end.

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by dragonflyer 31 Jul 2020

Wow, I would be scared too! Not what I want to find in my neighborhood or on the roof of the house either....Your yard is gorgeous!

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by 02kar Moderator 31 Jul 2020

Oh my! Not quite the guests I want to entertain, I confess. But I love the picture. I had no idea baboons frequented neighborhoods.

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toogie by toogie 31 Jul 2020

Me either Karen!

airyfairy by airyfairy 31 Jul 2020

Comes of living in Africa

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by maleah 31 Jul 2020

Please be safe. I heard that the males are a nasty sort.

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by pennifold 31 Jul 2020

Ooh! Sarah, they can be nasty critters. I do hope they don't become too bothersome for you. You have beautiful trees in your garden so no wonder they are visiting the area. Love Chris

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airyfairy by airyfairy 31 Jul 2020

I just worry about my pekingese. He would go for them and be ripped to shreds. They visit about once a week. Today they left my plants alone. The last visit they broke my bird feeder.

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by mrskiki 31 Jul 2020

They are lovely to look at from a distance, but can't the makes be aggressive? Beautiful garden as well. Hugs. Nan

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by sewdeb 31 Jul 2020

Yikes! The largest animal I had in my yard lately was a coyote. I'd be scared to death of a band of baboons - they can be nasty! Stay safe! Hugs*, Deb

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by sebsews 31 Jul 2020

I would be terrified too! Baboons are not for me! I wonder if they do damage to the roof tops.

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airyfairy by airyfairy 31 Jul 2020

No, they do not do any damage to buildings

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by asterixsew Moderator 31 Jul 2020

What a picture Sarah. I can see why your terrified of baboons. All sounds exotic from me being in the UK but not in the back garden. The nearest to exotic was hearing the lions roaring (from the local zoo) when at our daughters home. What else comes into the garden that’s wild and large?

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airyfairy by airyfairy 31 Jul 2020

We used to get bucks in the garden but after our burglary last year we have put a high fence in. Does not deter the baboons 🤣

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