baboons hurl rocks at intruding hikers breaking three of their legs
Three hikers had their legs broken following an attack from angry baboons who rolled rocks over a cliff at them in South Africa.
The group had just reached a narrow ledge at a waterfall in the Banhoek Mountains near Stellenbosch when two of the hikers rappelled down further.
The remaining five however suddenly came under fire from a barrage of rocks from the baboons above, including a 60kg boulder landing between them.
The giant rock exploded on impact and sent razor-sharp rock shards flying like shrapnel, breaking the legs of three hikers who collapsed in agony.
The fourth suffered a flesh wound and the fifth was hit by part of the boulder and nearly knocked over the edge but was saved by his safety harness.
But the hikers' ordeal was far from over as dozens more rocks rained down on them from the baboons above forcing them to shelter in by the cliff face.