One of the largest non-ape primates,

Common throughout African plains,

They can live in the hottest locales,

Without breaking a sweat at all.

Dog-like muzzles and good strong jaws,

Thick hair on their body all over,

Shorts tails and padded buttocks,

They are a unique bunch indeed.

These canine monkeys are aggressive,

And will eat meat as well as plants,

But they will even raid human homes,

And steal livestock from under their noses.

Traveling in groups called troops,

Raiders and fighters by nature,

Presenting a female's swollen rump

Is the signal for male/female mating.

Conflicts from without are worse

Than conflicts from within.

Baboon may be a funny name,

But they all take life in stride.