Baboons: Followed By The Police Just Like Gangsters


Fred the baboon and his gang were notorious for carjacking in Cape Town, South Africa. Fie chased away helpless humans and ransacked cars for whatever treats were inside. Fie was so skilled he could raid five cars in under five minutes. If humans weren’t too happy to part with their vehicle, Fred could get violent and three unlucky tourists were injured.


Police pursued Fred, the leader of a baboon gang, for three years.

Documentaries have even been made immortalising Fred’s reign of terror. He continued until government officials captured him in 2011. After his death, scientists were shocked to learn during the post mortem that he had been shot more than 50 times during his life. His body was riddled with pellets and bullets – but this hadn’t stopped him.

Veterinarian Mark Evans said he could ‘bite like a lion, run like a cheetah, and rule his troop like a despotic emperor”. He behaved like a gangster, making full use of his talent for using intimidation, unzipping bags and opening car doors.

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One thought on “Baboons: Followed By The Police Just Like Gangsters

  1. Bob Tucker Reply

    Once that dude became unafraid of humans there was no stopping him, the best thing would have been to “take him out” with a suitable caliber rifle, “one shot, one kill”.

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