Pig, a dog who appears to have baboon dog syndrome.
And yet Schroeter wasn’t convinced that these dogs had actually joined the baboons as family members. Here’s what he had to say about it:
Quasi modo’s body is very misshapen and, in fact, her deformity makes her look much like a baboon as she walks. In dogs and wolves, her condition has even been referred to as “Baboon Dog Syndrome,” because the front half of affected dogs reminds some of a baboon. Others are reminded of a pig or a bison!
Having been raised by wolves, I was naturally quite interested to find the photo at right wandering around the internet. What was this curious little beastie? Photoshop was the word that sprang immediately to mind, but the reality is that this poor critter is (likely) real, and exhibits a spinal deformity common enough to have a name: baboon dog syndrome.
She has what's called short spine syndrome, or baboon dog syndrome.
A dog with what appears to be baboon dog syndrome.
The video below shows some fascinatingly odd animal behavior that I've never heard of before: baboons stealing stray puppies from their mothers and raising them as part of their troop. This kind of interspecies interaction where one species raises another species specifically for companionship and protection--in other words, keeping pets--is behavior that is typically attributed only to humans. To see it happening with baboons and dogs is nothing short of amazing.
When baboons live near humans, they naturally come into regular contact with the pets of humans, including dogs. Sometimes interactions between baboons and dogs turn nasty and one of the animals involved – dog or baboon – ends up getting hurt. Dogs defend territories; baboons do not. In fact, baboons have been observed grooming and playing with dogs that they are familiar with. However, bear in mind that dogs are domesticated whereas and are thus unpredictable in their behaviour.As hard as this is to watch, I wonder if our own ancestors engaged in similar behavior during the early days of dog domestication. Do baboons possess a similar drive to humans when it comes to their feral dog "adoption?" And are we watching an early form of domestication at the hands of another species? Do baboon-raised dogs ever breed puppies born in baboon captivity?Baboons are large and powerfully built that spend most of their time on the ground. They have large heads with a long, dog-like muzzle and cheek-pouches for storing food with a heavy brow ridge protecting their eyes. Males are often twice the of females and have fearsomely sharp canines that help them to defend the troop from danger, but their exact depends on the with the Chacma Baboon being the largest while the Baboon is the smallest . Baboons have wild-looking fur with a longer mane that extends over the shoulders and hairless patches on their faces and rumps which are padded with hard skin. Their varies from olive-green to yellow, silver and brown depending on the . They also have a distinctive bend towards the base of their long tails.