Things are getting a little out of hand in Saudi Arabia’s western Mecca Province, Arab News reports. Troops of baboons are terrorizing villages and people aren’t sure what to do about it. Unlike in India, which has it’s own problems with rhesus macaques, baboons are considerably bigger… and have big teeth!

Saudi baboons

Also unlike India, Saudis have no religious compulsion to preserve the lives of the alien combatants. Calls for poisoning the simians are already being raised.

Village south of Qunfudah fights off baboon invasion
JEDDAH: Arab News

A minor war has broken out south of Qunfudah in the village of Kiad where large groups of hungry baboons from nearby valleys are attacking residences in search of food and drink. Residents have employed a variety of methods to combat the primates but it is still a daily battle from sunrise to sunset.

Hussein Al-Barakati, a resident of Kiad, said that he feared for his mother’s safety as she lives alone near the valley. Baboons raid her home from time to time in search of water. Weather conditions have left the valley parched and prompted the baboons to forage among the humans.

Hussain said that he did not find it inconceivable that a major disaster would strike the village because of baboons invading people’s homes, noting that some of the animals are quite large.


February:03:2013 - 09:06 | Comments & Trackbacks (2) | Permalink
2 Responses to “Baboon Invasion”
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    Jerry M Said:
    February:03:2013 - 17:28 

    “He attributed the assaults on residences to the Kiad weekly market where vendors leave vegetable and fruit out to rot, attracting the hungry baboons”

    Very much the way humans accidentally attract bears by leaving out garbage. The solution is out there. I understand that culling the herd through hunting may be an easy solution but it is only a temporary one. Removing trash is a more permanent one.

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    Jay kactuz Said:
    February:03:2013 - 22:39 

    This story kind of reminds me of “Sands of the Kalihari” an old movie that I went to in the 1960s when ditching math class. Hadn’t thought of it for 40 years, but I looked it up – IMDB synopsis: A small plane crashes in the sweltering deserts of South Africa hundreds of miles from civilization. As parallels are drawn between the group of humans and a nearby pack of savage baboons, one of the men’s survivalist nature gets the better of him, as he decides his chances of survival would be better if the others were eliminated one-by-one.

    It was actually a very good drama, full of lessons even if I can’t remember what those lessons were. the leading girl was quite a looker, too, and I think she got her blouse all ripped up somehow. Go figure. While looking up this movie, I came across a second ‘baboon’ one, as follows:

    Movie: In the Shadow of Kilimanjaro (1986)- IMDB synopsis: There’s a big drought in Africa. Food and water are scarce. 90,000 wild baboons suddenly start attacking humans and eating them in order to survive. Some people find themselves being hunted by the starving monkeys and must do whatever they can to stay alive.

    It that may be more relevant to the story, but certainly not better.

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