Goodall sanctuary chimps who mauled Texas student allowed to live

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 11:01 in Paleontology & Archaeology

Andrew Oberle crossed safety fence at Chimpanzee Eden prompting apes to defend territory, finds inquiryTwo adult chimpanzees that attacked an American student at a primate sanctuary in South Africa were defending their territory and will be allowed to live, the lead government investigator said on Tuesday.Dries Pienaar, the conservationist who led the inquiry about the incident, blamed human error for the attack on Thursday.The student, Andrew F Oberle, crossed between two safety fences at Chimpanzee Eden, part of the Jane Goodall Institute, about 180 miles from Johannesburg, to retrieve a rock the chimps habitually threw over at tourists.On Monday night, after the attack, Oberle, 26, was in a medically induced coma, in a critical condition. On Tuesday hospital doctors declined to describe his condition, saying his family, who had arrived from the US, were asking for privacy.Oberle, a graduate who is reading for a master's degree in anthropology and primatology,...

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