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A male baboon stole a lion cub from its pride while foraging for food before taking it into the treetops to groom it.

The footage was recorded by Kurt Schultz in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, according to the Daily Mail.

In the video, the adult baboon can be seen sitting in a marula tree as the sun shines through the leaves.

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It turns around to reveal that it is holding a lion cub which is crying out feebly in distress.

The interaction has reminded some of the famous Circle of Life scene in Lion King where Simba, a lion cub, is lifted above the African planes by Rafiki, the baboon.