Why are baboons raising feral dogs?In Eastern African villages, baboon monkeys kidnap the stray dogs they find at dumps and raise them as pets. The video is available on YouTube and it is mind-numbing. The earliest known evidence of domestication by humans come from the remains of dogs some 10,000 years ago. But these distant cousins of ours are doing the very same thing.
These baboons kidnap the puppies, by fiercely dragging them away from their parents and since then the pups live as a member of the troop of baboons. Now primates like baboons have a male driven herd where only a single alpha male rules over a harem. But existence of male dogs alongside monkeys show that monkeys have accepted them as pets. These dogs eat, sleep and play with monkeys. They even raise monkey babies like their own. It is seen that these pet dogs of baboons save them from other dogs. We all know that monkeys and dogs don't get along so well.
Then what could have caused this weird relationship, where an enemy becomes a friend? These primates are showing us that other primates are actually much more like us. What more could these interesting primates be capable of?