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Baboon with pink behind

29 January 2016

 

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QUESTION:

Why is the behind of the baboon pink?

 

ANSWER:

Puberty occurs when a baboon is four to six years old. The onset of oestrus is signalled by a scarlet swelling of the skin of the ischial callosities which reaches its maximum on the day of ovulation. It takes 16 days after ovulation to return to normal. When lactating, this swelling and colouration disappears and prevents attempts at mating. The dominant male does most of the mating. There is no seasonal mating and young are born throughout the year. However, in the Drakensberg with its cold winters most of the young are born in September. The gestation period is six months. There is a close bond between a female and her young while twins are unknown. In a rapidly growing population a female will give birth every 19 months or so but in mountainous regions this only happens every 38 months or so. Young baboons chase each other and play most of the day. The age of a young baboon up to seven months can be determined by the colour of the snout and ears which changes progressively from black to grey. A baboon grows physically until the age of eight years.

Prof J du P Bothma wrote a scientific article about the baboon. Read more on this subject and other interesting facts about the baboon.

 

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