beverly and dereck joubert (of “the last lions" fame) spent a year in botswana’s okavango delta following a mother leopard, who had already lost five previous cubs to hyenas and baboons, and her new cub, legadema. they recount one particular incident:
"despite her deep fear of baboons, legadema one day killed an adult female. when she discovered a newborn clinging to the baboon mother’s fur, the situation took a bizarre turn.
"the tiny baboon innocently reached out to legadema, accepting her as its new mother. legadema initially seemed confused, but for the next four hours watched over the baby baboon. after playing with the orphan, legadema then groomed the baby and gently carried it to safer branches higher in the tree whenever it cried.
"legadema and the baby baboon then cuddled together and went to sleep. but before the night was over, the cold would claim the life of the helpless infant."