In Africa, baboons figure in the list of main worries for many development workers. This is especially true in the case of the human-habituated troops that roam freely around villages and theirs outskirts. This animals approach houses to scavenge on rubbish and organic residues, and it’s pretty frequent to see them close to our house. But their courage doesn’t finish there: they adventure inside the houses, where they will shamelessly steal any onions, bananas and other fruits and vegetables in their reach. Hence, one of our rules is keep always the doors closed!
Nevertheless, although they can be cocky and defensive, they don’t dare to attack humans. But these behaviours are pretty frequent among baboons living in highly perturbated environments, and may lead to several problems.
A simple piece of advice: if you come to Africa, don’t mess with baboons!