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Sly Baboon hilariously takes the wheel on safari — oh, wait, it’s dead

Trophy hunters are so tragically misunderstood. No matter how much they explain to people that they are dedicated conservationists, supreme lovers of animals, and not people suffering crippling inadequacy issues, there’s another side to these champions of the natural world that rarely gets the credit it deserves: Their sense of humor.

Take Canberra developer Nick Haridemos, for example. Last year, Nick was dragged in the press because photos that he’d taken between 2010 and 2016 went viral, in particular a shot of him sharing a ride with a baboon who looked like it was having a laugh driving Nick’s jeep.

The fact that Nick had fired a high-velocity projectile through the primate’s vital organs and the animal had expired didn’t mean that Nick wasn’t going to include Mr. Baboon in the safari hijinks.

Sadly for him, the press backlash to this photo and others posted by Nick resulted in him losing his job as vice president at the prestigious Hellenic Club in Canberra.


We’d love to catch up with Nick a year later. Anyone know where he’s working now?



Posted by Tony Ortega on April 2, 2019 at 20:00

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