By Rebecca Lewis @RebeccaSLewis

BABOONS horse around on the back of a tame steed as it tries to relax in the sun

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Videographer/Director: Rebecca Ziegler
Producer: Rebecca Lewis
Editor: Ian Phillips

Horse-play! The inquisitive baboon rests on his four-legged friend

The troop of baboons groomed the four-legged creature like it was one of their own and even jumped and somersaulted off the horse’s back like it was a trampoline.

Docile Jericho welcomed the unlikely attention and allowed the apes to play without complaint.

Cheeky Monkey! The baboons play on docile Jericho

The bizarre scenes unfolded at the Eden Monkeyland and Birds of Eden near Plettenberg Bay, in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Brit Claire Hamilton, 55, captured the unlikely friendship between the old horse and the wild baboons.

Mane Attraction! Jericho welcomed the unlikely attention and allowed the apes to play without complaint

She said: “The baboons and the horses feed together at the compost heap when the compost is dumped in the morning.

“They all know when to expect it and so gather there.

“After feeding Jericho, they would sometimes lie down which caused curiosity in the baboons.

The bizarre scenes unfolded at the Eden Monkeyland and Birds of Eden, South Africa

“Jericho is quite old, although I am unsure of his exact age. He is a very friendly and docile character.

“The baboons discovered that Jericho was not particularly adverse to them grooming him and sitting on him.

The troop of baboons groomed the four-legged creature like it was one of their own

“There would be a group of about seven baboons that would play around him and sit on his back.

“Baboons are inquisitive and playful, but any movement from the horse will make them back off.”