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Chimpanzee Attack

post #1 of 17
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http://www.newsday.com/news/nationwo...nation-big-pix

Follow the link to read all the details.

'The chimps were housed in outdoor cages at the Animal Haven Ranch, a private sanctuary. The ranch is owned by Ralph and Virginia Brauer, and has been licensed by the state since 1996 to take in primates, usually from zoos that no longer want them.

According to Kern County Sheriff's Commander Hal Chealander, Virginia Brauer was home Thursday morning when she was startled by four chimps -- two young males and two older females -- who had gotten out of their cages and entered the house.

She reportedly detained the two females, Suzie, 59, and Bones, 49. The male chimps -- Buddy, 15, and Ollie, 13 -- escaped. Virginia Brauer gave chase, and soon found the chimps mauling the Davises, Chealander said.

Davis, who remained in critical condition, was badly disfigured. He lost all the fingers from both hands, an eye, part of his nose, cheek and lips, and part of his buttocks. Other injuries included a mutilated foot and cracked heel bone.


What amazed me was the extent of the man's injuries! Can you imagine losing all your fingers? His wife also lost her left thumb. Both of the chimps were shot and killed.
post #2 of 17
I'm not surprised. Chips are actully MORE dangerous then gorillas, in general, so I've heard.
post #3 of 17
I had no idea that chimps could be so VICIOUS! This is a shocking and tragic story!!
post #4 of 17
I don't remember the title, but years ago I read a book about chimps by Jane Goodall, and she described behavior including murder, wars between chimp "clans", and hunting and ripping apart baboons, so I'm not exactly shocked.
post #5 of 17
Wow... how sad for the people, the chimps and the shelter who would take in animals the zoos wont even keep.. What a shame things like this happen.
post #6 of 17
The report neglected to metion that the man was also castrated. The ladies at my work couldn't understand why a chimp would do that. They all think of me as being wierd now because I replied that in the animal world, that's one of the main things males go after when fighting.

That poor man.... I hope he'll be able to deal with what happened to him someday. What a hell of a way to have to live your life.
post #7 of 17
I see that some of the animals at this sanctuary were from zoos that no longer wanted their chimps. I think this could start a whole new discussion about keeping animals like chimps in captivity at all, and also about the ethics of zoos who 'go off' their animals. Perhaps chimps are out of fashion this year?

Whatever, I feel very sorry for the injured couple, and hope they do recover.

Sue
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by wodesorel
The report neglected to metion that the man was also castrated. The ladies at my work couldn't understand why a chimp would do that. They all think of me as being wierd now because I replied that in the animal world, that's one of the main things males go after when fighting.

That poor man.... I hope he'll be able to deal with what happened to him someday. What a hell of a way to have to live your life.
Wow. I hadn't heard that piece of information.
post #9 of 17
CNN is reporting that his genitals were mauled. http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/03/07/chi....ap/index.html
post #10 of 17
Oh my.. I felt bad for him already.. but ouch. *shudder*
post #11 of 17
There is a special that will be on in April (I think on Animal Planet or National Geographic Channel or something like that) that covers in-depth the issue of chimpanzee aggression. Apparently, in Africa they will go into villages and steal away babies!
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by ugaimes
I had no idea that chimps could be so VICIOUS! This is a shocking and tragic story!!
Extremely aggressive as adults usually...most of the time the animals used on TV and movies are younger and more mellow. They are very powerful animals, even though they are smaller than humans.

It's a shame that this happened, but the best question, the one that has as yet been unanswered, is how the animals got out.

Spotz
post #13 of 17
Oh wow. I agree with everyone, I'm amazed at the extent of his injuries. Did they pull off his fingers or just bite them off? Either way - geez, they were mad!

I agree Spotz... it would be interesting to know how the animals got out.
post #14 of 17
I have a gut feeling that it was an animal rights group. They'll never claim responsibility because two people were injured, and two chimps were killed.
post #15 of 17
Posting in a few, related places to get a bit more coverage.

Today, June 3rd, on ABC's 20/20 there is supposed to be an indepth segment on Animal Related orgs. Focusing on legislation, corruption, and such. If you can, tune in and see a different side of some of these organizations.

http://abcnews.go.com/2020/

Spotz
post #16 of 17
I am reminded of a Reagan speech in which he describes a "hippie" as follows: "He looks like Tarzan, walks like Jane, smells like Cheetah, carries a sign that says, 'Make Love, Not War', and is incapable of doing either".

Leonard
post #17 of 17
Chimps are very VERY vicious animals. People think they are cute because they star in movies and stuff, but they can be very horrible.

An interesting fact I learned:

I was watchign Planet of the Apes on tv ( the newer one) and they were doing a commentary/showing DVD extras during commercial breaks. The hosts mentioned that origionally the director wanted to make the bad guy (the chimpanzee man that was the most horrible of them all) a white ape, but learned that chimpanzees are more vicious animals, more prone to go crazy, and to go into a frenzy of violence, and that is why the main bad guy is a Chimpanzee..

I also watched a special on animal planet called "ultimate zoos" it dealt with this zoo that catered to a large diverse group of primates... they had to make sure that the enclosures had enough things for the moknies to do to occupy their minds, or they would get bored and start making mischief.

What I think probably happened was that the monkies were extremely bored. It doesnt seem to me like the zoo owners would have too much money for extra things.. they might have had some toys in the cages, but might not have known about how they have to rotate things, and keep the monkey's brains stimulated. The monkeys were probably so bored they decided to try and escape... when they did escape, they were probably so overjoyed to be free, and slightly maddened because they had been so bored.. that would be when they attacked the people, thinking they were going to put them back in their cages. Male chimpanzees expecially are very vicious and violent.
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