Photographer Captures Monkey Recreating Iconic ‘Lion King’ Scene With Baby

A photographer captured a real-life Disney moment when she snapped an image of a monkey holding its baby to the sky, just like it was Simba from the iconic “Lion King” scene.

Israeli photographer Dafna Ben Nun captured the scene during a recent trip to Zimbabwe.

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Her image is reminiscent of the scene from the 1994 Disney animated classic “Lion King” in which a mandrill named Rafiki presents the baby lion, Simba, to King Mufasa, while atop a cliff. The scene featured Elton John’s “Circle of Life”.

“Same as the Lion King scene,” the photographer said on Instagram.

The photographer explained to the Times of Israel she was with a group of people watching the animals near a watering hole when the baboon went full Disney. However, the moment was brief. It turns out the monkey she photographed actually snatched the infant primate from its actual mother, apparently a common occurrence within the hierarchy of primate social circles.

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Ben Nun’s image was splashed on British news sites after she sent the image to U.K.-based Caters News Agency, along with other shots from her trip.

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw an adult baboon holding a baby, looking exactly like Simba in the Lion King,” she told British media. “They were all in the same group so no harm was done to any of the animals.”

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