Neatorama posted this first, but it’s so cute I can’t pass it up. National Geographics archieve has this photo and story and it’s so cute and silly.
Photography by Kurt Severin, National Geographic Image Collection
A patient little cat endures lessons in baboonery. According to notes accompanying the photographâ€”which arrived at the Geographic in 1956 but was never published by the magazineâ€””Baboon mother tries to make Fluffy sit up like a good monkey baby. But the kitten always falls back on her four legs. It seems like such a hopeless case.” The baboon, named Helen, was an attraction at Ross Allenâ€™s Reptile Institute, a roadside zoo funded in 1929 in Silver Springs, Florida. She may have been a holdover from the days when Tarzan movies were filmed in the region and Allen provided animal actors for visiting Hollywood productions. â€”Margaret G. Zackowitz