Monday, January 29, 2007

Beware of Baboons


Typically when we host teams from the USA or wherever, we always end their stay with a nice safari experience. In early Jan we had a small team from Texas and it was no different. Their last two days would be spent enjoying a splendid overnight safari.

Rich asked one of our South African friends, Ross to join them as there was extra room in the guy’s chalet. Ross did join and it proved to be quite an experience.

After enjoying an early morning game drive the guys returned to their chalet to find quite a sight. The room was in shambles…food half eaten and strewn all over, curtains ripped down, and garbage everywhere. In addition piles of poop accompanied the disaster. Someone left a window open and baboons took this as an invitation to invade the place.

Ross quickly ran upstairs to his room to assess the damage and Rich said he knew it was bad when they heard, “No, No…ah come on….you have got to be kidding me!”
Ross came down the stairs with this precious sight……………


….a thoughtful gift from one of the baboons presented nicely on his pressed and folded shirt.

So when you see the ‘baboon warning’ signs you’d be wise to adhere. I am sure ‘baboon’ pestilence is a growing concern for you in the good ole USA.

20 comments:

Just Mom said...

Eeeeeewwwwww!

Heidi Jo said...

That's not a nice thing to look at right away in the morning!

Lisa H said...

That is really funny! I felt like I moved to a different world when I moved to Texas, but I can't imagine the differences you must see! That picture is great! :)

Sohailah said...

and I was JUST thinking of coming for a visit....

Beth said...

BUMMER!!

I remember reading a short story in college literature class similar to this . . . can anyone remember it?

Debbie said...

The only animal "pestilence" I've experienced was the fire ants at Teen Mania. Which would you say is worse, Michelle?

Michelle Franzen said...

Well if you are asking which one would I rather have poop on me I'd definitely choose the fire ant.

Both are quite a nusiance!

karenkool said...

Our problems (at least in the summer) run more along the lines of the deer. They feast on every outdoor flower, shrub and plant you have in your yard. And then there's the raccoons. They will break into your house through a screen door while you are sleeping, or into your garbage cans out back--mysteriously on a weekly basis, the night before the garbage man comes. They will even get into your car, when you leave the windows open with any kind of food inside and just do a number on it; not so much by pooping, but clawing their way through everything.

Baboons fighten me. It must trace back to my nightmares of the flying monkeys in Oz.

Ginger said...

We deal with bats. One night I got up to go to the bathroom and saw something fly in front of my face. I thought it was a bird. I woke David only to find out it was a bat. I locked Dave and the bat in the bedroom while he battled it to death with a scissors. He has since perfected his tennis shot by killing off a few of them with his tennis racket. They love to hide out in our garage at night and sneak into our house when the door opens. Yikes! I hate them!

Teresa said...

Wow, I should probably stop beating my dog for pooping right on the sidewalk...it sounds pretty minor to baboon invasions and bats in the bedroom. Yikes! I will go apologize to my dog right now.

Gayla said...

Hilarious!

Candi Hester's Kokomo Blogs said...

So funny! My only thought at the moment is - boy is this blog really turning to crap! Tee Heeeee. Sorry!! I couldn't resist. I promise to behave from now on!

Michelle Franzen said...

Wow after Ginger and Karen's comments I am glad I live in Africa. :-)

I knew someone would resort to potty mouth....didn't think it would be innocent Candi.

stolmit said...

Did someone say "Potty Mouth?" Karen and Sohailah are usually the ones with that trait.

Ah, yes. Poop. What can I say about poop? You may have baboon pooping on your clothes in South Africa but we have the pigeons pooping on your head and shoulders as you walk around the city here in New York. As a matter of fact, one of the pigeons pooped on me the other night when I was wearing my dress coat while walking from my apartment to the subway. I got to the restaurant and went straight to the men's room to try to get it out. Did you know that pigeon poop is a mixture of white and grey? Doesn't blend in well on a brown sweade coat. I think I would rather have a baboon poop on me.

Michelle Franzen said...

Happy Birthday Mitch!!! I hope you get lots more snow and no more pigeon poop on your special day.

Everyone go over to Mitch's blog and wish him a happy birthday...he's a great guy and he's 40 so will need some encouragement. HA! His link is in my sidebar labeled- The Adventures of Stolmit.

michelle a said...

I don't really know what to say. I'm grossed out.

i am turtle said...

Turtles would never leave a mess like that behind.

Behind. Get it?

Sorry.

Sohailah said...

I do NOT have a potty mouth - just expressive verbage - and only when truly called for. YOU all are the ones talking about poop - which reminds me of Gayla in Thailand and the largest dooky she had ever seen... go ahead - ask her!

karenkool said...

That turtle is lying! They do leave messes--especially when they are being held hostage in a box over night. It was a good storage box too! DANG! (I don't have a potty mouth--but Sohailah does--and so does Mitch, so don't be fooled).

Sohailah said...

Mitch DOES - and Karen DOES and I think either Karen or Sarah is Turtle -
and I am pure as the unadulterated, driven snow... it's my COMPANY tha tkeeps getting me in to trouble... I guess I need to re-read I Corinthians 15:34 - maybe YOU all should read it - no, don't, then you will stop being my friends.