Baboon adopts stray kitten

Last updated 11:35 09/11/2012

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A baboon in a zoo in Israel has adopted a stray kitten, caring for it as if it were one of its own infants. 

The unlikely pair became acquainted after the kitten entered the baboon's cage and then refused to leave. 

Footage from the zoo shows the baboon caring for the kitten, stroking it, checking it for fleas and rarely letting it out of sight. 

Zoo officials told news website Walla that although the baboon is caring for the cat as it would its own infant, the two are a complex pair that do not always get along.

Often the baboon can be seen stealing the kitten's food, officials said. If that thievery continues, the pals will have to be separated, the zoo's manager said.

Until then, the pair will continue to enjoy each other's company.

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