It is well known that apes are close relatives to human beings. What isn’t so well known is just how close relatives the two species are. Apes and humans share much of the same DNA. For instance, the North African Short-Haired Baboon shares over 99% of its DNA with mankind. This particular species is highly adaptable and like chimpanzees, they are able to make crude tools and even utilize rudimentary communication skills. The adaptability of the North African Short hair is evidenced by their lives in captivity, while most species dwindle on extinction and have trouble breeding; the Short-Hairs thrive, often neglecting their offspring, food gathering, and even grooming themselves in order to mate with females. First introduced into captivity sometime in the 1700s, the North African Short-Haired baboon was utilized as laborers in small farming communities. Today, they enjoy life in urban centers, often living 10 to a den.
Sadly, captivity and inbreeding has caused their learning ability to be suppressed and their baser instincts to be more pronounced. Often, they will rely on the gatherings of other species to survive. Utilizing their natural nocturnal abilities, they stalk, undetected, through the habitats of these other species, procuring what it necessary to survive from them, often in the form of Televisions and Hi-top sneakers.