Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Chimp Victim Sues Wildlife Trust

A-chimpanzee-care guide who was mauled by an animal three years ago, has sued the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT) for negligence.

Tonny Muhebwa is seeking to recover sh14,675,000 as special damages, being the money he spent on treatment.

According to a plaint filed by Kampala Associated Advocates on November 11, Muhebwa wants the High Court to compel CSWCT to compensate him in general and punitive damages.

He said on February 8, 2003, while on duty at the Veterinary Training Institute in Entebbe, where he was looking after three chimpanzees, Dosi, Kipara and Zolo, Dosi broke loose from its metallic confinement and attacked him.

Muhebwa said the animals had been allegedly imported from Tanzania by CSWCT. He said Dosi mauled him and he suffered extensive bleeding, and had to undergo several operations.

Story here.

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