Last week 2 male chimps pulled a US student under a fence and attacked him severely. Andrew Oberle, a University of Texas graduate student inspired by the famed primatologist Jane Goodall to study chimps was at the institute doing what he loved when he was attacked.
Andrew was in an area that he was not allowed to be in when the attack happened. He knew that he was supposed to keep a safe distance from the primates and not cross into a restricted area…
No-one knows why he was in the prohibited area.
He had climbed over one fence and then was too close to the chimps – they grabbed him and pulled him under another fence and attacked him.
The Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden hasn’t had an attack for many years and everyone that works there is extremely shocked and upset about the whole situation.
The 2 chimps that attacked Andrew have been isolated and are showing remorse now by acting submissive. It has also been reported that the chimps will NOT be euthanized for the attack as they are wild and Andrew was in an area where he shouldn’t have been.
His mother Mary Flint, who would arrive in South Africa on Monday, told Beeld 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.