Chimpanzees Maul Ranger

No details yet on this man's injuries, but they are said to be severe. 

US student fighting for life after chimpanzee attack - Telegraph

"A ranger at a chimpanzee sanctuary near Nelspruit is fighting for his life after he was attacked by two frenzied animals while leading a tour group at the park this afternoon," he said.

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

He said that the man was dragged nearly a kilometre into one of the enclosures, and paramedics required armed escorts to rescue him."

Update from NBC news:


  1. I have to wonder what prompted the attack. When I was a child, my father told me the worst thing I could ever do is allow an animal to 'smell fear' from me. I wonder if this person was wearing a cologne that triggered the response, if his natural odor was something that brought them to a frenzy. Or if he had at some point simply infuriated one of them. Chimps are very intelligent creatures and they do hold grudges. I also wonder if they have enough room in their enclosures. I have seen dogs that had been driven to madness by being crated too often and too long. (Dee)

  2. We don't have much information to go on here, but the attack sounds surprisingly similar to the one on LaDonna and St. James Davis at a California sanctuary. They had come to visit their confiscated pet chimp when they were attacked by two others. Mr James was defaced, castrated, and otherwise disfigured; when a keeper with a gun shot one of the attackers, the other one dragged Davis down a road before it, too, was shot. The motive in that case seems to have been jealousy, more or less. The Davises had been feeding their chimp birthday cake, a privelege which made his rivals feel his social position was climbing at the expense of theirs.

  3. Those disconsiderated humans... if you are going to bring cake, bring cake for everyone!

    Which reminds me... I suposse you did watch Rise of the Planet of the Apes? You never told me what you thought of it :>

  4. In all honesty, I hated it. I'll post my little rant about it this morning.


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