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Chimpanzees and humans share 98.5% of their genes. They are the closest relatives we have in the animal world. The common chimpanzees are apes which belong to the Pan genus and their scientific name is Pan troglodytes. The first record of the word 'chimpanze' being used was in a 1738 edition of The London Magazine. The name roughly translated as 'mockman' and it was derived from a Bantu language. In 1758 the spelling 'chimpanzee'
4: Andrew Oberle
While Andrew Oberle was visiting the Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden near Johannesburg, South Africa, he was attacked by two chimps. The 26-year-old had always been passionate about chimps ever since he was a boy and became even more interested in them after watching Jane Goodall's documentaries. As part of obtaining his master's degree in Anthropology and Primatology, Oberle was giving sanctuary visitors a lecture prior to the attack. He then entered a restricted area where Nikki and Amadeus, two Alpha-male chimps pounced on him. Highly territorial animals, the chimpanzees perceived Oberle as a threat. They initially pulled him from under an electrified fence. Then they dragged him for more than half a mile, biting
Wild chimpanzees are only found in Africa. They inhabit 22 countries from the continent's west coast to the east, reaching as far as Tanzania. The most significant number of chimpanzees are located in Gabon, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo. They are omnivorous and the fact that they have a varied diet enables them to adapt to various habitats. Although most of them live in tropical rainforests such
3: James Davis
‘I remember every bite, one at a time. I remember when I went to touch my face, my fingers looked really scary’ Davis told a news outlet as he remembered his horrifying chimpanzee attack. Retired NASCAR driver, James Davis and his wife LaDonna had had a pet chimp for many years. Moe was viewed as a member of their family until he was removed from their home in 1999 after biting off part of a woman’s finger. He was taken to the Animal Haven
Although chimpanzees and human beings share many similarities, when it comes to unarmed killing potential there are a number of critical differences. Pound per pound chimpanzees are at least two times stronger than humans. This is due to the fact that their skeletal muscle fibers are larger and generate more power
2: Dunia Sibomana
6-year-old Dunia Sibomana, his 4-year-old brother and one of their friends were playing near a river, close to Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Tragedy struck when the boys were attacked by a troop of chimpanzees. It was believed that because of the poaching and violence inside the park, the chimps viewed humans as enemies intruding on their territory. Dunia’s friend was killed and his little brother was dismembered by the aggressive primates. The boys’ father was working on a field nearby but could not hear their screams over the sound of the roaring river. When the man went to check on the boys, the first thing he saw was the dismembered remains of his youngest son
There are few steps you can take in order to survive or avoid an encounter with an aggressive chimpanzee. If you are planning to observe these animals in their natural habitats make sure to dress plainly and remove your jewelry or piercings. If you have long hair you should consider tying it up or putting it back. Wearing contact lenses instead of glasses is also a good idea. Even though some wildlife experts have cultivated relationships with chimpanzees and no longer feel threatened by them, you should always remember that they are wild animals that are unpredictable therefore you should keep your distance. Maintaining a safe distance is among
1: Charla Nash
Charla Nash was the victim of one of the worst chimpanzee attacks in recent history. In 2003, Travis unbuckled his seatbelt and ran away from his owner's car, held up traffic and was on the loose for several hours before he was finally caught. After the incident, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection issued a law which prohibited people from keeping apes that weighed more than 50 pounds as pets.  Although the law was officially in effect in 2004, the DEP did not enforce it on Sarah Herold, Travis' owner, as they did not believe that the 200 pound chimp posed a safety risk. In 2009, while Carla Nash was visiting Herold, she was attacked by Travis. Upon seeing that the 55-year-old woman was holding one of his favorite toys, Travis charged at her. Herold hit him with a shovel and stabbed him with a butcher knife in order to get him to stop. Travis had been Herold's pet since he was a baby 


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