Researcher Attacked by Chimpanzees…

– – A Texas graduate student researcher suffered multiple and severe bite wounds when attacked by chimpanzees at the Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden in South Africa. 

Andrew Oberle was leading a tour at the Institute when he left the group and crossed one of two fences separating himself from the animals.  As he neared the second fence, two chimpanzees reached underneath and pulled Oberle by his feet into their enclosure where he was attacked by the animals and dragged for half a mile before armed guards and staff members were able to enter the enclosure and rescue him. 

Oberle underwent surgery, and is now in an induced coma in critical condition…

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3 Comments on “Researcher Attacked by Chimpanzees…”

  1. carycomic Says:

    Hmmmmm! I wonder if he accidentally crossed into their personal space? What chimp troops consider “their territory” can vary, unpredictably.

    • vulpesffb Says:

      Yet another reason why chimpanzees shouldn’t be in private ownership!

      • carycomic Says:

        I thought the Goodall Institute was trying to give those chimps back-to-nature training. Sort of a primatological version of BORN FREE.


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