The day before their safari adventure ended, the couple experienced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It was a particularly fruitful excursion, with the Schiller-Holzwarth team witnessing not only hyenas but also a leopard. And then it became even more exciting, when the leopard was disturbed by an approaching threat.
“There was a troop of 30-40 baboons heading in our general direction,” Holzwarth subsequently wrote on the blog. “The baboons settled on another ‘island’ of trees a safe distance from the leopard. Then the baboons started screaming. … They [were] sounding the predator alarm.”
In fact, an approaching pride of lions had their sights set on the tree-dwelling baboons. The big cats began clawing at the tree trunks, which had the monkeys spooked. So it wasn’t surprising when some of the baboons tried to escape – but one of them made a mistake.