They aren’t cute. They aren’t cuddly. They are DEADLY wild animals. The first chimpanzee baby born at the LA Zoo in 13 years was mauled to death Tuesday by an adult chimp in front of a crowd of visitors, including children, zoo officials said.
Zoo officials said they had had no prior indication of any problems between the baby and the other chimps, but they noted that the behavior was not completely uncommon. Males will exhibit aggression toward babies especially if they desire the infant’s mother, officials said.
The unnamed infant was born March 6 and was introduced to the public on May 18. Zoo officials said Gracie, the mother, had proved to be a “fantastic mother” who had been very gentle with her offspring.