Written by Big Baboon House producer Darren Putter.
Having the opportunity to film baboons, one’s imagination quickly flitters to cartoons and comic books. And in a weird way that’s exactly how this shoot unfolded. The acrobatic antics of these little grey monsters soon catches everyone’s attention and you find yourself so engaged with the entertainment afoot that sometimes you forget that you are there to shoot a show.
Pringle bay is the most amazing village and we were really well received by the residents, both human and monkey. It seems that there is a real love affair with the residents and the baboons. There are no haters in this town, only lovers! For the most part it is only the holiday-makers who are frustrated with the baboons. The locals love them, name them and open their lives to them. They are very crafty little critters, and I couldn’t help thinking how frightening it would be if they where nocturnal. You wouldn’t see them coming and with the chilling screams and “wahoo”’s the town could quickly become a location for a Hollywood horror film. That being said, our time spent with the troop was incredible and while some of our experiments where totally wrecked by the persistent baboons, we learned a lot about respect for the wildness of nature, and the fact that we had entered their property and not the other way around.
PS: I’m a lover!
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