African leopards (besides humans, forcing the IUCN to label the African leopard as "Near Threatened,") are lions, hyenas....and baboons. Check out the baboon skeleton (above) and mounted stuffed specimen from the American Museum of Natural History below!
|I was actually completely kidding before, baboons and cheetahs are not really that closely related at all, and very few people have an excuse to confuse the two.|
I knew baboons were an issue to leopards as one of the leopard stars of the earlier series, dubbed Half-Tail, was missing half her tail, hence her name. The two hosts at the time, Jonathan Scott and Simon King, said that they thought the missing half of her tail was due to either a lion attack or, more likely, baboons.
|Chilling like a villain: a leopard takes a break after staring out the window all day and stressing out about those stupid robins in that stupid birdbath. Those robins better consider themselves lucky that there's glass between them, you mark my words. Photo Credit: Ted and Gail Neher|
|A baboon skull mounted at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, New York. Check out those nasty canines, they're frickin' huge!!|
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