Bad monkey! Bad monkey!

Chimps critically injure sanctuary visitor

St. James Davis had severe facial injuries and would require extensive surgery in an attempt to reattach his nose, Dr. Maureen Martin of Kern Medical Center told KGET-TV of Bakersfield. His testicles and a foot also were severed, Kern County Sheriff's Cmdr. Hal Chealander told The Bakersfield Californian.

Buddy, a 16-year-old male chimp, initiated the attack and after he was shot, Ollie, a 13-year-old male, grabbed the gravely injured man and dragged him down the road, authorities said.

"Everybody was trying to get the chimp off," Chealander said.


32 Responses:

  1. jqmark says:

    The chimps severed a foot,a testicle and his nose.

  2. giles says:

    Yeah, yeah. Damn you all to hell, etc.

  3. spike says:

    I'm still confused about why, after the chimp had done such bad things, everyone was trying to get him off. It just seems like punishment would be more in order than sex.

  4. injector says:

    St. James Davis had severe facial injuries and would require extensive surgery in an attempt to reattach his nose...His testicles and a foot also were severed

    What about the surgery to attach the later two parts?

  5. kespernorth says:

    the filthy monkey.

    it plans.

  6. momomoto says:

    "St. James and LaDonna Davis were at the Animal Haven Ranch in Caliente to celebrate the birthday of Moe, a 39-year-old chimpanzee who was taken from their suburban Los Angeles home in 1999 after biting off part of a woman's finger."

    Clearly the other monkeys were trying to prove to Moe that they were just as hard-core as he.

  7. pavel_lishin says:

    A chimpanzee tore his foot off?

  8. jqmark says:

    "Expert: Chimp May Have Had Personal Vendetta Against Victim"

    ""This is a most unusual attack," said Martine Collete, chimpanzee expert and founder of the Wildlife Waystation, where Moe once lived. "It is not a normal attack for a chimp. Chimps do not normally attack with such violence except under extreme circumstances. In the wild, it would normally be an attack involving territory.

    "It appears to be a personal attack against Mr. Davis," Collette added.

    "Either the chimp was very, very angry with Mr. Davis, or had a dislike for Mr. Davis, or Mr. Davis did something," Collette said."

    • nelc says:

      Well, chimps have been known to attack each other with such violence. There's an example given by Frans de Waal in his "Peacemaking among Primates" (bizarely enough) where two beta males gang up on an old alpha, IIRC, and among other things bite his testicles off.

      De Waals opines that it was because the chimps were confined in a zoo that it got so bad, otherwise the old alpha might have escaped with a mere beating and loss of status. Worth thinking about next time you're at the zoo making faces at the apes.

  9. sneakums says:

    Headline: "Monkey Steals Peach".

  10. nightrider says:

    The part of the story they're ignoring...

    The chimp was none other than the former chimp-actor who portrayed "Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp"

    Also for his lesser-known role as "David Hasselhoff" from "Baywatch" fame.

  11. willyumtx says:

    "Centaurs and monkeys, just cluster around us...

    ...How bad it gets, you can't imagine."

  12. denizenz says:

    he wanted the cake and they wouldn't share. obviously he thought a great substitute for cake was human flesh. it's a logical progression.

  13. peruano says:

    I knew it!!!

  14. here.

    What pisses me off about this is that chimps get to be 4x as strong as us and they never workout.

    • treptoplax says:

      It's odd; humans are optimized for endurance, especially running. Few if any animals (excepting flying birds, that is) can run 20 miles on a hot day as fast as a man. WtH we need that for so badly, your guess is as good as mine.

  15. irma_vep says:

    Very tragic. Perhaps St. James Davis looked like an older alpha male chimp.