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Baboon holds up infant just like Simba in the Lion King’s ‘Circle of Life’ scene

Photographer Dafna Be Nun captured the perfect moment when a baboon raised her infant to the sky, similar to the the famous ‘Circle of Life’ scene in Lion King, where Rafiki lifts Simba above the African planes.

The 38-year-old photographer was on a trip to Zimbabwe in South Africa to learn about the local wildlife. Dafna said she was caught off guard when she saw the mother raising her infant aloft, quite reminiscent of Disney’s 1994 classic.

I couldn’t believe it when I saw an adult baboon holding a baby, looking exactly like Simba in ‘The Lion King,'” Dafna tells Caters News.

Even though the image looks like a perfect adaptation of one of our favourite Disney classics, it is unclear why the mother lifted her baby like that. Ben Nun said the moment only lasted a few seconds and then the baboon placed the infant down, and then both rejoined the others in the area.

“It was just a split second, but it was fascinating to watch!” She says.