Adult chimpanzee kills baby chimp at LA Zoo
posted Jun 27 2012 5:45AM
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Officials at the Los Angeles Zoo say a baby chimpanzee was killed by an adult male chimpanzee inside their exhibit as visitors watched.
Zoo spokesman Jason Jacobs said in a statement that visitors told officials the 3-month-old infant chimp was attacked Tuesday. Jacobs says workers could not stop the attack because it is not safe for them to occupy the same space as the chimpanzees.
The baby's mother, a chimp named Gracie who gave birth on March 6, is allowed to keep the body overnight to grieve.
Jacobs says the infant was being gradually introduced to the troop, and there had been no indication of aggressive behavior toward her. But the zoo's statement says chimpanzee behavior can "sometimes be aggressive and violent."
The zoo apologized to visitors who witnessed it.