Monday, June 15, 2009

Chimp Bites Off Zoo Director's Finger

chimp bites finger offThe director of the Berlin Zoo had his finger bitten off by a chimpanzee Monday, Reuters reports .

Bernhard Blaszkiewitz, 51, was feeding walnuts to a 28-year-old chimp named Pedro as he showed a visitor around the zoo when Pedro grabbed his hand and bit off his right index finger.

"Pedro is the boss of the group so he has to demonstrate a certain dominance in it to prove himself," zoo spokesman Andre Schuele told Reuters. "Under normal circumstances, a chimp would never have the chance to reach a keeper or our director."

Doctors sewed Blaszkiewitz's finger back on, but they weren't sure if the operation would be successful.


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