Posted by sean on June 11, 2006 at 10:41 am in Animals with No Comments

I came across this news story while trawling the DVD Reviewer forums. It’s a little nasty so don’t read if you have weak stomach and have just eaten – especially if your last meal was a rare, rump steak.

ISSA KANU was in the wrong place at the wrong time. On 23 April, Kanu showed up in his taxi at the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary in the forests outside Freetown, Sierra Leone, with three US construction workers. They wanted to see some chimps, but got more than they bargained for. A frenzied attack by an angry mob of animals left Kanu dead and the three Americans badly bitten.

The chimps responsible for this horrific attack had just escaped from an enclosure, and while the incident was unusual it was not unprecedented. In March 2005, two chimps escaped from their cage at the Animal Haven Ranch in Caliente, California, and attacked a couple visiting the sanctuary, badly mauling 62-year-old St James Davis. The former racing driver lost much of his face, part of his buttocks, a foot, all of his fingers and his testicles. Like Kanu, Davis could do little to defend himself: adult chimps are far stronger than people.

Ouch! That has gotta hurt! We’ll all have to remember this summer, when England are losing 2-0 to Brazil in the World Cup Semi Final, things could be worse – a monkey could be knawing on your head.

The full story can be found on The New Scientist website.

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