Chimp attack: US student improving

2012-07-01 19:24

Mbombela - Doctors say the condition of the US student attacked at the Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden near Mbombela, is improving.

In a statement, Mediclinic Nelspruit said Andrew Oberle, who had been in critical condition since Thursday's attack, was stable enough on Sunday for doctors to bring him into the operating room to clean and stitch his multiple bites and attend to fractures and other injuries sustained during the attack by two chimpanzees.

Oberle remains in intensive care, but is no longer in a critical condition.

It is his second study visit to the sanctuary for abused and orphaned chimpanzees.

100 Wapi  reported last week that Oberle, who had been leading a tour, had been standing in a restricted area for which he did not have clearance.

Eugene Cussons was quoted as saying the attack was likely prompted by chimpanzees wanting to mark their territory.

During the tour on Thursday, Oberle left the group and crossed one of two fences separating him from the animals into a "no-go zone," Cussons said.

When Oberle neared the second fence, which was electrified, two alpha male chimpanzees named Nikki and Amadeus reached underneath and pulled him by his feet into their enclosure.

  • smili.fication - 2012-07-01 19:30

    I hope you recover... :( Even our chimps are violent. How on earth can two chimps do that to a human?

      Cape - 2012-07-01 19:37

      It's nature, respect it! This earth is not ours alone.

      ingi.raikes - 2012-07-01 20:06

      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!

  • Jonty - 2012-07-01 21:13

    Dumb ass! it was a restricted area??...

  • geronimo.feather - 2012-07-01 21:23

    Where specifically is "Mbombela" please? Isn't the city still called Nelspruit? Surely, if you are reporting on the doctor's comments from the Mediclinic in Nelspruit, it should be reported as Nelspruit and not "Mbombela"? I have asked this question before, why does News24 insist on reporting place names that are either incorrect, not in use or meaningless to the reader? Who cares in which meaningless "municipality" a place is? Just last week we read about a violent protest at "Govan Mbeki municipality" - who the hell knows where that is? Pretoria is still officially Pretoria as far as I know, yet News24 insists on reporting about "Tshwane". Sort it out.

  • larry.lachman.54 - 2012-07-01 21:34


      lorain.maseko - 2012-07-02 07:00

      Larry dont you have some crazy stuff happening in israel that you should concern yourself with?

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-07-01 21:34

    Idiot, Next time you will keep out of the cages, All animals and that includes the human one as well are dangerous. Lucky you wernt killed. This is South Africa after all, and there are many killers out there.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-01 22:41

    ...dangerous animals commonly known as Bob and sometimes Jack!

  • Loyiso Ernest Damoyi - 2012-07-02 08:12

    let the Animals be animals, whats this thing of saving them. God is not stupid he know why he created the wild and the forest.

      anna.dupreez - 2012-07-02 20:02


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