Thursday, February 19, 2009
Chimps Gone Wild!
My interview with Maureen O'Leary, primate expert at the Tulsa Zoo. Maureen explains chimp behavior in reference to the savage chimpanzee attack of a Connecticut woman. Maureen also provided some expert advice as to what to do in case you should ever be attacked by a gang of chimpanzees.
Chimpanzees (especially adult males) are dangerous animals that can be quite aggressive. Their canine teeth are up to three inches long and they have tremendous jaw strength. It is common for chimps to bite off the fingers of people who are silly enough to stick their fingers into the cage. If you should be unfortunate to face an aggressive chimp without a cage to protect you, the chimp will attempt to chew off your face.
In 2008, two chimps attacked a man in a California sanctuary. The chimps bit off his nose and part of his foot. The Sun interviewed this man about his attack (warning, gruesome pictures.)
Below is the 911 call concerning the Connecticut chimp attack: