Among the worst trends in Western Civilization is the Disneyfication of animals.
We see either cartoon or highly trained animals in movies, or highly edited nature documentaries with soothing narration by Morgan Freeman, and so we forget how brutal nature really is.
We think of chimpanzees as funny animals that you can dress up in costumes and are wacky sidekicks in movies with silky names like “Monkey Business.”
They are our closest relatives in the animal kingdom, and among their more human traits of being psychopaths and murderers.
A zoo in Sweden has been criticised for shooting dead three chimpanzees and injuring another after they escaped their enclosure.
The zoo, in Furuvik, explained that attempting to tranquilise the animals instead of shooting them would have posed a threat to people’s lives.
The animals were well known in Sweden, and their deaths have provoked anger.
The incident began at around noon (11:00 GMT) on Wednesday when the chimpanzees got out of their enclosure and began roaming freely around the zoo.
“Chimpanzees can be thought to be peaceful but they are extremely dangerous. They are fast, very strong and generally fearless,” a company statement said on Facebook.
For this reason, the zoo said it was forced to shoot the animals rather than sedate them using tranquiliser darts which can only be fired from close range.
“This, combined with the fact that it can take up to 10 minutes before the anaesthesia appears, would pose great danger to human safety,” the statement said.
On Friday, the zoo confirmed the identities of two of the dead chimpanzees, Linda and Torsten. A third was also confirmed dead and another feared dead – they were named as Santino and Manda.
The zoo is absolutely right about this.
The ringleader of the escaped chimpanzees was previously the subject of scientific articles about being a plotting psychopath.
The loutish behaviour of a stone-throwing chimpanzee at a zoo in Sweden has challenged scientists’ beliefs about human beings.
Santino, a 31-year-old male at Furuvik zoo, may be the first animal to exhibit an unambiguous ability to plan for the future, a behaviour many scientists argue is unique to humans. Forward planning takes considerable cognitive skills, because it requires an animal to envisage future events it will have to deal with.
Santino would get agitated when the first groups of visitors arrived at his enclosure in the morning, and would start hurling stones at the spectators. When the zookeepers investigated, they found that, while the zoo was closed, Santino had been busy making piles of ammunition, and returned to them to resupply.
To catch the chimp in action, one zookeeper hid in a room overlooking the enclosure and observed the ape’s behaviour before the zoo gates opened each morning. She saw Santino dragging stones from a protective moat that surrounded his island home, before placing them in piles. Further covert surveillance of the ape revealed he spent some time tapping areas of concrete floor with his fist. Occasionally, the animal would thump harder, releasing chunks of concrete that he broke into rough discs.
A survey of the enclosure showed that Santino made piles of ammunition only on the quarter of the island’s shore that faced the visiting crowds.
This was a chimpanzee known for fabricating and stockpiling weapons to assault humans.
If a human attacked a person with a broken off chunk of concrete, it would be a good shoot.
Many people do not know that chimpanzees engage in the ritualistic hunting of monkeys.
Monkey meat provides little to no nutritional value to the chimpanzees. The hunt is tribal bonding ritual.
Chimpanzees have hunted red colobus monkeys almost to extinction.
Recently, wildlife photographers documented chimpanzees killing smaller gorillas in Gabon.
Chimpanzee attacks are brutal.
National Geographic reports that the problem has been going on for several years, citing an incident in 2014 that saw a chimp fatally attack a 2-year-old child, stealing the baby from his mother.
“A chimpanzee came in the garden as I was digging,” Ntegeka Semata said in an interview with the publication. She noted that her four young children were with her and as she turned her back to get water, the chimp took her child by the hand and ran off.
The child screamed, which caused the other villagers to pay attention and chase after him, but it was too late. “It broke off the arm, hurt him on the head, and opened the stomach and removed the kidneys,” Semata continued, adding that the child died on the way to the local hospital.
There are a number of cases of pet or zoo chimpanzees attacking humans, humans they are familiar with.
In almost all of these cases there is major loss of limbs and soft tissues.
This is a documentary from 60 Minutes on the most famous chimpanzee attack in the United States.
In this NBC News clip, the woman is right.
The chimpanzee isn’t cute or cuddly, it needs to be shot.
The evidence is overwhelming that for the safety of humans, the best course of action was to shoot the chimpanzees.
They are not cute and cuddly.
They are dangerous animals that rip limbs off and eat them.
I’m going to take the same attitude with chimpanzees as I do pitbulls.
If it’s loose I’m going to shoot it.
It will give me an excuse to use a 9.3×62.