A Baby Chimp Recently Mauled To Death In Front Of Zoo Visitors In Los Angeles
Travis M. posted the following message and on the Coalition for Reason, Science, Sanity in Bigfoot Research Facebook group this morning:
"I was at the zoo a day too early to witness this for myself..."
Los Angeles Zoo authorities have no idea why a male chimp mauled a 3-month-old chimp to death this morning. This all happened in front of a crowd of visitors, and unfortunately, Travis was there to witnessed to the horrific event. The zoo and county Sheriff's department has already set up grief counseling for visitors and staff to deal with the tragedy.
According to MSNBC News, the baby chimp was the first to be born at the zoo habitat in 13 years. "She was gradually being introduced to the coed troop of 15 adults when an adult male chimpanzee fatally injured her in their habitat", zoo spokesperson Jason Jacobs said in a statement.
Male chimpanzees are well known for violence, including the killing of the young. Scientists speculate that clashes over stomping grounds might fuel these conflicts, and the human encroachment on chimpanzee territory, such as in zoo environments, may exacerbate them.
Studies and observations in recent years have also shown that male chimpanzees often attack the infants of rival chimps both in the wild and in captivity, especially if a desired female is involved, according to zoo officials.
“Chimpanzee behavior can sometimes be aggressive and violent and the zoo is sorry that visitors had to be exposed to this,” Jacobs said. “This is a heartbreaking and tragic loss for the zoo and especially for the Great Ape Team who have worked diligently to care for the infant and its mother since birth.”