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Life for chimps after attack

2012-07-02 11:17

Johannesburg - The two male chimpanzees which attacked a US researcher at the Chimp Eden rehabilitation centre, in Mpumalanga, last week will not be euthanized, Beeld reported on Monday.

Eugene Cussons, managing director of Chimp Eden, told the newspaper that an Mpumalanga tourism and parks board investigation had found that the chimps had reacted much like any threatened wild animal.

Andrew Oberle, 26, who is a post-graduate student in anthropology and primatology at the University of Texas, in San Antonio reportedly climbed through a fence surrounding their enclosure.

The animals became enraged and pulled him under a second fence, which was electrified.

Oberle reportedly lost parts of his fingers and toes, sustained several bone fractures and was bitten all over his body.

His mother Mary Flint, who would arrive in South Africa on Monday, said her son had been aware of the dangers.

"He's loved these animals since childhood. I hope, after all this, that he still will," she said.

Oberle was in a stable condition in the Nelspruit Mediclinic.

Comments
  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-07-02 11:29

    "Life for chimps after attack" Good, why must they suffer because of some doff humans actions !!

      Klippies - 2012-07-02 12:48

      Exactly!

  • sharon.houghton.984 - 2012-07-02 12:21

    Good!! They are wild animals and cannot be expected to act like domesticated animals!

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-02 12:22

    I am also a wild animal, so when I find somebody in my Garden, I can Kill them. They should not be there and could pose a danger to my life!!!

  • sdchilongwe - 2012-07-02 12:40

    Don't mess with the chimps

  • carol.harvey.9406 - 2012-07-02 12:54

    Great news for the chimps. Yaaay ! Sorry the American had to learn this lesson the hard way!!!

  • emokgojoe - 2012-07-03 11:47

    SHAME POOR GUY..HE SHOULDNT HAVE GONE TOO CLOSE ANYWAY I HOPE HE HEALS

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