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Chimpanzees attack ranger

2012-06-28 22:26

Johannesburg - A ranger at a chimpanzee sanctuary near Mbombela was seriously injured when he was attacked by two of the animals while leading a tour group on Thursday afternoon, paramedics said.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks said it appeared the ranger led the tour past an enclosure and he stood near the fence.

"According to eyewitnesses, two chimpanzees grabbed the man by his feet and pulled him under the perimeter fence and into the enclosure."

The man was dragged into the large enclosure while being attacked by the two animals.

"Paramedics arrived at the scene and entered the enclosure with armed escorts. They arrived to find the ranger in a critical condition, having sustained multiple and severe bite wounds."

He was stabilised at the scene and transported by ambulance to a hospital in Nelspruit. No one else was injured in the incident.

Comments
  • scouter.fourone - 2012-06-28 23:31

    Two seriously frustrated chimps by the sound of it. Quite a calculated act if you stop and think about what they actually did. I read somewhere that chimps are one of the few animals that can entertain murderous intent in much the same way as some humans do. This incident seems to support that notion.

      john.barbarian.9 - 2012-06-29 04:40

      "one of the few animals that can entertain murderous intent?" Okay..... When Lion kills antelope, is that called "open the fridge?"

      richard.gouws.9 - 2012-06-29 07:46

      @John.barbarian.9 What scouter is trying say is that chimps premeditate murder like humans do. Lions hunt to survive they do not murder.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-06-29 08:16

      Thanks Richard, exactly what I was trying to say. I still find the image quite chilling if the above report is accurate. Very calculated on the chimps' part.

      john.barbarian.9 - 2012-06-29 08:40

      Scouter and Richard I think we always try to explain a non-human behaviours of "wild life" with our human terms....and there we all wrong.

  • krzyszt0f - 2012-06-28 23:32

    if a human body can fit under the fence, why couldnt the chimps just escape under the fence aswell?

      merven.halo - 2012-06-29 07:51

      Don't think chimps can leopard crawl ;-)

      elani.theunissen - 2012-06-29 08:04

      The fence was dammaged...I've visited Chimp Eden and could not find fault with any of the enclosures. When you work with or close to animals, you know, there is a risk envolved.

      ingi.raikes - 2012-06-29 21:38

      It's electrified, that's why. Poor ranger must have had a terrible electric shock as well as being attacked, when being pulled under the fence. When you think of the amazing work that Eugene and his team do to save these poor wretched primates from being completely destroyed in the Countries where bush meat and the pet trade are rife, I am terribly sad to see that one the them' has been so badly hurt. I am so sorry, get better soon.

  • Warren Nel - 2012-06-29 00:28

    the mental scarring of apart-hate made them do it.

  • john.barbarian.9 - 2012-06-29 04:34

    I want to know the chimpanzees names! Why Police was not there to prevent this? Are they been detained? Is attempted murder case open?.....lmao I'm suprised that everyone was well behaved so far in comments here. I think that ranger definetly has own theory, but he will never share with public. Batty Ranger, Batty Chimps.

      ingi.raikes - 2012-06-29 21:53

      Sadly John, it's people like you who end up by making chimps batty, threatened, scared and dangerous! Primates, believe it or not are not there to be teased and made a joke of by people like you. They are highly intelligent, very sensitive and because humans are a constant threat to them, they are very nervous and unpredictable, especially because all the animals which are in these sancturies have horrific histories of confinement, rape, drug abuse, alcoholism, etc. Now get back in your box and please don't bother to come up with some corney and pathetic remark. In fact of you do, it will prove my case against you!

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-06-29 05:00

    Give that chimp a bells - sorry a banana. That's what you get for locking wild animals in a cage, the chimp was just being natural, like any other prisoner will do, that is, protecting its cell

      marumobongani - 2012-06-29 07:06

      I know remember words of nas and damain marley''they feed dem chimpanzee caus a dem make big money

      christo.crous - 2012-06-29 08:32

      Have you been to Chimp Eden? I guess not. Do your homework, before giving ignorant comments douche.. All the chimps are rescued from across the world..from circuses, private owners who are abusive etc. Their enclosures are fenced of areas bigger than a rugby field, no cages. No one, not even the wardens go into the enclosures, because they don't want the chimps to get too comfortable around people, as they do get released into the wild after rehabilitation. So rather Google Chimp Eden and make a donation, as they do amazing work.

      lerato.kay.3 - 2012-06-29 08:59

      @ christo.crous -I think you must stick to insults that what you are good at, because rational arguments is definitely not your game. If I may ask what is a cage? You are saying they are fenced in enclosures! You are contradicting yourself a cage is simply a structure of bars or wires in which birds or other animals are confined, no matter what size it is. I guess you must stick to what shallow minds do best – insults!

      christo.crous - 2012-06-29 09:33

      Ok Lerato.. can't wait to see you start protesting against Kruger National Park to take their fences down..

  • marumobongani - 2012-06-29 06:58

    eish another black on black crime together we stand divided we fall I call for unity and stop the violence

      merven.halo - 2012-06-29 07:52

      Lol, must be ANCYL members.

      john.barbarian.9 - 2012-06-29 08:36

      lol Marumobongani... Was about to say "Free Malema!!!"

  • devenjoey.theron - 2012-06-30 18:10

    did he take a good look at the attacker, poor animal.

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