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The Tragic Side Effects of a Baboon Leadership Battle

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The Tragic Side Effects of a Baboon Leadership Battle

Short | 02:26

Leadership challenges in baboon troops are between the alpha male and a rival outsider. But tragically, some of the younger troop members can end up as collateral damage.

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Family is everything for this troop of baboons living along the bank of the Luangwa River. With hyenas, lions, and leopards around, everyone must be on constant guard for danger. But when a new baby is born in the midst of the dry season, life for the troop becomes much more complicated. At the top of the social ladder, the struggle to lead becomes a matter of life or death. After tragedy strikes, one male baboon on the edge of adulthood decides to leave the troop. Follow his journey as he sets out in search of a life of his own.

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