I remember sitting in my physical anthropology class about a year ago listening to the professor lecture on how chimps have been documented to systematically kill off the males in rival groups. This led to a nice little lecture on how violent the little critters actually are, cute faces and diapers aside. I was reminded of this fact yesterday, after reading of this attack.
St. James Davis lost all of his fingers, an eye, part of his nose, cheek and lips and part of his buttocks while visiting his pet chimpanzee, Moe, at an animal sanctuary in Kern County.
They forgot to mention that he had a good part of his ‘nads chewed off as well. I’ve taken primate evolution and physical anthro, and learned about how strong and territorially defensive chimps are, but still ooohed and aahhhed and the zoo. The next time I take my niece to the zoo, I’m not sure if “they’re so cute and look so human!” is the thought that will cross my mind.