Monkey Holds Its Baby In The Air Just Like Scene From Lion King

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The ‘Circle of Life’ scene from The Lion King in which Simba is hoisted up in the air by Rafiki has been re-enacted by an actual monkey.

Usually it’s just us humans who take advantage of our pets and newborns for comic value.

But as it happens, the real McCoy’s do it just as much. We just never hear about it because animals don’t have Facebook.

Lucky then, that photographer Dafna Ben Nun captured the amazing moment a baboon lifted up her infant in scenes reminiscent of the 1994 animated classic.

38-year-old Dafna, from Israel, was in Zimbabwe when she caught the moment on camera.

The animals are usually found in open savannah and open hills around their native Africa.

She said:

I couldn’t believe it when I saw an adult baboon holding a baby, looking exactly like Simba in the Lion King.

It was just a split second, but it was fascinating to watch.

They were all in the same group so no harm was done to any of the animals.

In The Lion King, mandrill and all around banter merchant Rafiki lifts newborn Simba on the edge of a cliff as Circle of Life draws to an epic close.

It would seem as if a simple three minutes of animal congregation has inspired generations of comedians.


A Scottish dad went viral earlier this year when he got the family cat’s hair cut so it would look like a miniature lion.

22-year-old Kelsey was shocked when the vet offered it the trim as an option to her dad instead of just getting 10-year-old Cookie’s stomach shaved.

Speaking to UNILAD, she said:

She’s usually really fluffy so her fur is difficult to brush and it’s sore if it gets knots so they just booked her in to get her stomach shaved.

When he got to the vets they asked what parts and mentioned they could give her a mane like a lion and my dad thought it would be funny to go with that.

Dad Shaves Cat To Look Like Lion To Reenact Incredible Simba Moment UNILADUNILAD

She continued:

So he brought her home after and my mum was in shock she’s laughing about it now but was just the shock she went to get her stomach shaved and came back like a lion.

I was shocked because I thought it has been a mistake until my dad explained he’d agreed to it for a laugh.

Kelsey’s tweet received 2k retweets and over 11k likes. Let’s see baboon get THAT.

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